Dance Theatre MD has evoked national treasures of Finland, the Moomins, into dance. Dancing Moominvalley is visually spectacular, fully composed dance theatre piece for the whole family. This popular, award-winning, all over the globe seen performance is based on Tove Jansson’s book The Tales from the Moominvalley. The performance opens up the well known themes of Tove Jansson’s 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 (nowadays Moomin 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.
The project Dancing Moominvalley @ Shanghai Expo was featured in the Finnish cultural program at EXPO 2010 and was presented at EXPO 2010 on August 2010. The project also recieved Shanghai EXPO 2010 Culture Award as the only one of the Finnish Pavilion Culture Program. In spring 2020 Dancing Moominvalley celebrated it’s 10 year anniversary!