"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

keskiviikko 14. huhtikuuta 2010

On the Road Part 3: How did it begin?

Hallo again.

Did you know that Dancing Moominvalley is a part of the project ”Dancing Moominvalley, Shanghai Expo Moomin Cluster” featured in the Finnish cultural program at EXPO 2010?

Dancing Moominvalley is also included in the ”Cultural Bridges 2010” cultural export plan.

But you might still be wondering how did all this actually begin?

Well. Lets have a look at Dance Theatre MD's website:

"Based on the book ”Tales from Moominvalley” by Tove Jansson, The Dancing Moominvalley is a family dance adventure that begins with Snufkin’s search for his missing spring tune. The versatile Dancing Moominvalley ensemble leads the audience into a magical place of searching, learning and life’s little and big wonders.

We meet Fillyjonk who stops being afraid of accidents and learns how to laugh at herself.

Featuring a compelling musical score by Heikki Mäenpää.
And it all ends with another big Moomin celebration.
But has Ninny turned visible, and what kind of adventures did Moomintroll get into?

So, what are you waiting for, come along!"

Sounds exciting. But how does it actually start? Dancing Moominvalley.


We do start with the Scene 1: The Spring Tune

First we hear Snufkin’s Theme.

Snufkin is working on a new melody.

Wants to be alone.

Meets an enthusiastic, anonymous little bug.

Loses the melody and gets angry with the bug.

Names the bug: Ti-ti-oo.

Feels bad after chasing the bug away.

Travels on, looking for Ti-ti-oo.

Misses Moomintroll, too.

Decides to head for Moominvalley.

Comes up with the Spring Tune.

We might also hear the soundscape (quotes by Tove Jansson):

In the forest.

”On a windless, cloudless evening in late April . . .” ”. . . the cries of migrating birds . . .” The stream’s ripple. ”. . . it danced . . . went headfirst into a little waterfall . . . was singing in the major key like a mosquito and every now and then tried to look big and intimidating.” ”Suddenly a rock came off the dam and changed the pitch of the water by an octave.”

The treetops, and the wind going through them. The sigh of leaves.

We hear a variation of the theme.

We see Moomintroll appearing in another place at the same time (looking for his friend).


That is how it all got started.

We got started while looking for the Spring Tune.

But that was only a start.

Samuli Roininen, Dancer-choreographer, Dance Theatre MD

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