Dancing Moominvalley which has it’s premiere in April 8th 2010 is a dance production based on Tove Jansson’s book The Tales from the Moominvalley that opens the well known themes of her books: invisibility, otherness and difference.
The basis of the visual world of the piece are the original illustrations of Tove Jansson in the collection of The Moominvalley of the Tampere Art Museum. The world of the illustrations and the tales of Jansson are now interpreted on stage by the means of dance theatre.
The piece is choreographed by Dance Theatre MD’s choreographer Samuli Roininen and the music is composed by Heikki Mäenpää. Dance, music and visual elements such as projections intertwine to interpret the holistic and fascinating world created in Jansson’s tales.
As the starting point of the choreographic process is the thesis of PhD Sirke Happonen Fillyjonk at the window – The picture, Word and Movement in Tove Jansson’s Moomin Books. The thesis asks how does Jansson create movement in her illustrations and how she characterizes the characters’ typical way to move in her texts. These are the questions the Dance Theatre MD’s Dancing Moominvalley production tries to answer.
Visually spectacular, fully composed contemporary dance piece for the whole family has a new approach to the moomins but the themes are familiar to all of us who have read the books.