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Dancing Moominvalley

Choreographer Roininen, Samuli
First Performance 8.4.2010
Place of First Performance Hällä-stage, Tampere
Finnish premiere 8.4.2010
Place of Premiere Hällä-stage, Tampere
Style Contemporary Dance
Duration (min) 50
Scenography Carmela Wager
Costume designer Carmela Wager
Lighting Designer Sari Mayer
Sound designer Heikki Mäenpää
Performers of the premiere Suvi Eloranta, Mikko Heino, Anniina Kumpuniemi/Anu Castrén, Sara Kovamäki, Samuli Roininen
Music composed for the work Heikki Mäenpää
Description The work is based on Tove Jansson's book The Tales from the Moominvalley that opens Jansson's well-known themes: invisibility, otherness and difference.

The basis of the visual world are the original illustrations of Tove Jansson in the collection of the Moominvalley of the Tampere Art Museum.

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.
Other Information Script: Heikki Mäenpää

Script, direction: Samuli Roininen

Projection and visual realization: Sanna Malkavaara

Stage manager and set realization: Matias Palo

Graphic design: Ville-Veikko Heinonen

Research, consultant and lecturer: Sirke Happonen

Special Advisor: Panu Raninen

Production: Dance Theatre MD / The Moominvalley of the Tampere Art Museum

In co-operation: EPSON, Moomin Characters Ltd, the Moominvalley of the Tampere Art Museum, Harjula Production Ltd and Muumien ystävät -yhdistys Myy ry.

Co-operation and consultants: Elina Bonelius / The Moominvalley of the Tampere Art Museum
Sointu Lanki / Muumien Ystävät Yhdistys Myy Ry

Orchestra: Muumilaakso Orchestra

Other co-operation partners: Heikki Mäkipää / The Finnish Institute in Japan, Sophia Jansson, Roleff Kråkström / Oy Moomin Characters Ltd

The work is a part of the project "Dancing Moominvalley, Shanghai Expo Moomin Cluster" featured in the Finnish cultural program at EXPO 2010, and included in the "Cultural Bridges 2010" cultural export plan.
Companies Dance Theatre MD (Mobita/Dansco)
Dancers Roininen, Samuli
Kovamäki, Sara
Castren, Anu
Kumpuniemi, Anniina
Heino, Mikko
Eloranta, Suvi
Jakowleva-Mäkelä, Elina