"The multimedia dance play adapts Tove Jansson’s The Tales from the Moominvalley. The Finnish classic is given a family friendly contemporary dance makeover and won a Shanghai EXPO 2010 Culture Award." thatsmags.com

tiistai 13. huhtikuuta 2010

On the Road Part 2: Spinning Greetings

Photo: Samuli Roininen, Copyrights: Moomin Characters Ltd

Hi there,

About the media. YLE. What is that all about?

"The Finnish Broadcasting Company almost always referred to by its abbreviation "YLE", is Finland's national broadcasting company, founded in 1926.

YLE is a public-broadcasting organization which shares many of its characteristics with its British counterpart, the BBC, on which it was largely modelled. It is known as the "Finnish Broadcasting Corporation" in English. It employs around 3,200 people in Finland."


Thus, YLE.fi offers news also for the English speaking audience.

Last week they released a piece of news on the Dancing Moominvalley with the headline:

"Moomins Spin into World of Modern Dance"

We liked alot the idea of spinning. Its dynamics. The energy.

Want to read more about it?

The Moomins take to the modern dance stage.

The popular Moomin characters are entering the world of contemporary dance. The characters, who were the brainchild of Finnish author and illustrator Tove Jansson, are taking to the modern dance stage for the first time on Thursday.

The Tampere dance group Mobita-Dansco will premiere the show Tanssiva Muumilaakso (Dancing Moominvalley) on Thursday. The performance will also be held in Shanghai at the World's Fair.

The beloved Moomins have been seen in animated series, theatre and musical performances and comics. They have also been branded on cards, toys and dishware. In spite of their far-reaching popularity, choreographer Samuli Roininen says he believes bringing the Moomins into the world of modern dance can teach audiences something new and substantial about the creatures.

"The Moominvalley characters are quite the dancers in Jansson's texts and illustrations. That provides us with such delectable dance parts," he says.

Roininen says he thinks the routine will appeal to adults and children alike.

The modern dance performance is based on Jansson's book "Tales from Moominvalley". The music was composed by Heikki Mäenpää.

Jansson’s 13 Moomin novels and thousands of Moomin cartoons have been translated into 40 languages.

(YLE published Wed Apr 7 07:28 PM, updated Wed 08:52 PM)

Thus, the spinning greetings from Tampere, Finland.

Welcome to the Hällä-Stage.

Samuli Roininen, Choreographer, Dance Theatre MD

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