Mixed media art of a girl waving in a paper boat in the sea

Dive from your sofa-boat to move with crabs, sharks and pufferfish!

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Add to Calendar 20210528 090000 20210611 235900 America/Vancouver Under the Sea Dive from your sofa-boat to move with crabs, sharks and pufferfish! Virtually!



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Go on a fun adventure! Designed with the very young in mind (age 3–7) Under the Sea (Sous la Mer) explores creative movements inspired by sea creatures such as pufferfish, crabs, and sharks. Build a cozy boat with cushions and blankets and dive into your adventure. Baby crabs: can you crawl under your mama crab? Papa sharks: can you follow baby shark where-ever they go? Pufferfishes: how big and how small can you dance?

This enchanting performance filled with music and movement will get the whole family up off the couch and on their feet! This interactive show designed to engage and spark the curiosity of young minds was created by Foolish Operations who created the charming world of Paper Playground, a Surrey International Children's Festival commission. 

To watch Under the Sea, tune in to the Digital Stage via the City of Surrey’s YouTube Channel, on this page, or on Surrey Civic Theatres’ Facebook Page.

Creative Movement for Children

Professional Development Workshop

May 26, 2021  at 6:30–7:30pm

This professional development workshop is for early childhood educators, librarians who work with children, early years recreational leaders and parents.

In this session you will learn how to integrate the creative movements of Under the Sea in your practice. This workshop is free and will be led by Julie Lebel and other artists from Foolish Operations. Pre-registration is required.


About Foolish Operations

Foolish Operation’s is about people of all generations discovering and creating new dance experiences together. Our mandate is to create contemporary dance experiences with and for an audience of all ages. The mission of our society is to create and discover new dance experiences where professionals and non-professionals, young and old alike are capable, make choices and solve problems, lead and follow, create and collaborate.

Using the power of play to re-shape reality, we celebrate children, including babies, toddlers and preschoolers, as agents of their own creative choices so that, together, we can build a healthier and more connected future for all. Our work is intergenerational, inter-subjective, place-based, and involves families and participants of all ages and walks of life alongside professional artists, educators, specialists and cultural knowledge keepers to learn from each other and collaborate to the creation of new choreographic works, participatory installations, workshops, conferences and professional development initiatives.

With a focus on healthy relations and environment, our process is rooted in community engaged practice. This includes respect and consideration to reduce the environmental impact of our initiatives. It also includes contributing and supporting the strategic planning of emerging artists and organizations, especially of bipoc and minority language communities, interested in performance practice with and for children and families.

About Julie Lebel

Born and raised in north-eastern Québec, on the ancestral lands of the Innu Nation, from a family of settlers of French and Irish ancestry, Julie Lebel now gratefully lives and dances on the ancestral and unceded Indigenous territories of the xʷməθkʷəjˀəm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil Waututh) First Nations. She is a francophone choreographer invested in community engaged dance and in interactions between public space and community—involving musicians, visual artists, filmmakers, and writers with a body of work spanning 20 years. She is the Artistic Director of Foolish Operations, connecting people of all generations through novel dance experiences, especially with and for young children. She is a member of Lower Left Collective (USA, Germany, Norway, and Canada) teaching and performing Ensemble Thinking. Julie is a proud mother of active twin girls who act as first consultants in all her creative endeavours.

About Caroline Liffmann

Caroline Liffmann is a performance maker with a home base in contemporary dance. She has worked as a choreographer, creator, performer, improvisor, arts educator, and community arts facilitator since 2003, and has been a Foolish Operations fan and co-conspirator for 10 years. Currently Caroline works with the company as a dancer, outside eye, and consultant on trauma-informed practice.

About Sarah Gallos

Sarah Gallos is a bilingual performance artist and facilitator, originally from Eastern Canada (born in Montreal to first generation Nova Scotians). She has worked with Foolish Operations for over 10 years as a dancer. When she became a mother seven years ago, she began participating in Dancing the Parenting practice. The crossover of ensemble improvisation and attachment-based parenting skills feed the magic of Foolish Operations’ creations.

About Meredith Bates

A talented improvisor and performer, multiple award-winning violinist, Meredith Bates is known for her elegant and virtuosic sound. The Vancouver-based artist has spent the past twenty years recording and performing around the world, in ensembles, such as Pugs and Crows and projects led by Vancouver music icons, Peggy Lee, Tony Wilson, Leah Abramson, and Ford Pier. Meredith is the founder and leader of Like the Mind, a sextet of celebrated female improvisers from Vancouver and Stockholm, and of Sound Migrations, a multi-faceted collaboration combining electroacoustic soundscapes with processed photography. In December 2020, she released an epic ambient and experimental debut solo album, If Not Now, which features lush layers of processed violin and viola.

About Jacquie Rolston

Born in Burnaby, BC, Jacquie Rolston wanted to be an animator from the age of twelve. She studied animation at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, graduating in 2003. As well as freelancing in animation and illustration, Jacquie has led community art projects and taught art classes for children, teens, and adults. She is also known for her fabulous lantern creations that have appeared in many local festivals.

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