Dances on the islets – traces on the rocks

Moraine; Dances on the islets – traces on the rocks is a
dance piece created in the Finnish Kvarken Archipelago,
a UNESCO World Heritage Site, during summer 2012.
Over a period of five weeks, Malviniemi Company worked at
the following sites: Rönnskär, Molpehällorna and Svedjehamn.
The piece is co-produced by the Arts Council of Ostrobothnia.

Choreographer Mia Malviniemi gained her inspiration from
the area's natural environment and history as well as through interviews with local inhabitants. The piece consists of five
separate parts, born amongst the Kvarken seascape, islets
and rocks. Moraine is a piece which brings together encounters
with nature, and the history and mythical stories of the
archipelago, weaving man and nature together in a multifaceted fabric. Little by little, the choreography grows from individual
frozen movements into a final collective performance.


I Mitt land / My land

II Riskilä-duetto / Black guillemot duet

Black guillemot (Cepphus grylle): a black and white, relatively small, seabird that form monogamous pairs.

III Jatulintarha; Maa-äiti, Vesi-nainen, Jungfrudans
"Troy maze"; Mother Earth, Water-woman, The Virgin Dance

IV Jakob Rautio, lighthouse keeper at Molpehällorna

Jakob Rautio came to Moikipää in 1790 and died on the island
in a duel against Nikita Tolstoi in 1808.

V Talkoo-dance



Watch MORAINE Dances on the islets – traces on the rocks performance from the Kedja event in Klapeida, Lithuania 15.6.2013







Mia Malviniemi

Eero Paalanen 

Nina Vana

Nanna Rahikainen
Saija Luukkonen
Mirva Väänänen
Antti Seppänen

Norah Nelson
Ville Lindberg