Moving Resting Nesting

“Moving, Resting, Nesting” is Foolish Operation’s new creation with and for young children and their adults. The project in it’s last year of creative process and will premiere at the Surrey International Children’s Festival in 2022.

“Moving, Resting, Nesting” is an outdoor reading experience inspired by birds, filled with performances and participatory activities for families with young children, daycares or preschool groups.

Each reading stations offer nature exploration, movement and sound making suggestions for families to participate at their own time and pace, to encourage expression and discovery with all the senses. Families will encounter dance and music performances throughout their walk in the park, in between reading stations.

Team

  • Artistic director and choreographer: Julie Lebel
  • Artistic director associate: Caroline Liffmann,
  • Dance artists: Isabelle Kirouac, Sophie Brassard, Sarah Gallos.
  • Music: Tara Rajah (cello), Matthew Ariaratnam (composer)
  • Interdisciplinary artists: Sarah Dixon, Robin Lough and Wen Wen Lu in the fields of illustration, music, theater, visual arts and community engaged arts practice.
  • Scenography: Kimira (Bhikum) Reddy
  • Artistic production: Xin Xuan Song

Julie Lebel consults Margaret Grenier (Artistic director of Dancers of Damelahamid, Indigenous dance artist, Gixan-Cree) as she is an established local dance maker with extensive experience in intergenerational dance practice including small children.

This project also benefits from Julie’s ongoing mentorship relationship with Jacky Essombé (Artistic director of the African Friendship Society, African dance artist from Cameroon). As a consultant, she will support us and the team to deepen our shared value of interconnectedness to one another and nature, which, in Jacky’s words “fosters a greater sense of collective responsibility and care”.

The partners

The Surrey International Children’s Festival, Surrey Libraries, Moberly Arts and Culture and the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, Vernon Theater and District, Still Moon Arts Society, African Friendship Society, Tartine et chocolat daycare, and the Sunset Preschool in Vancouver.

The funders

Canada Council for the Arts, City of Surrey, City of Port Coquitlam, and the BC Arts Council. As the creative process is also integrated in our Dancing the Parenting program, Moving Resting Nesting is also supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage and the City of Vancouver. Outdoor workshops related to Moving Resting Nesting are also funded through the support of the Canadian Red Cross. We are grateful for this support, especially during the pandemic, as this project allows for professional artists and the community to gather and create together in new ways.

Safety precautions

The process will be following safe distancing measures recommended by health authorities. Foolish Operations has a robust Covid-19 protocol and updates it to match any of the location requirements.

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