Moving Resting Nesting

Moving – Resting – Nesting is Foolish Operation’s new creation with and for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their adults.

Moving-Resting-Nesting project is a story-walk performance for families with young children, daycares or preschool groups. Inspired by birds, it includes an outdoor reading experience as well as short music and dance performances placed in a park for the audience to enjoy. The project will be completed and ready for a premiere in 2022.

As always, we want to enhance the interactive possibilities and we are searching ways to invite families, daycare and preschool groups to do their own creative movement during their walk, at their own time and pace, to encourage expression and discovery with all the senses.

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


  • 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 (confirmed), City of Port Coquitlam, City of Surrey 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 fo 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.

Blog posts » Moving Resting Nesting

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  • Moberly Story Walk

  • Story Walks Winter 2021

  • Walk with Carmen Rosen and birds

  • 2020 Moberly Residence

  • Imaginary Birds Creation Video Instructions

  • Job posting – Artistic Producer – Contract