The Nordic House auditorium Sunday, October 21st 1 PM and 3 PM
Free entrance, please come early to secure you and your family a seat.
Nordic House has the pleasure of hosting the Finnish performance, based on one of Tove Jansson’s popular children’s books about the Moomins.
The Finnish artist Tove Jansson’s beloved classic picture book “Who will comfort Toffle?” tells a story of loneliness, shyness and about finding courage and love. Jansson’s clever story comforts us and gives us hope.
We can win over fear and set a new direction towards an adventure. The performance will show us a possible solution on how each of us can overcome the struggle of loneliness.
The performance is featuring music and sign language with an Icelandic storyteller. Tove Jansson’s picture book inspired Kaj Kangas to use many different styles in his compositions: you can hear rock and blues.
The play is in Swedish with Icelandic narration by actress Ísgerður Elfa Gunnarsdóttir.
Tove Marika Jansson was a Swedish-speaking Finnish author, novelist, painter, illustrator and comic strip author. Brought up by artistic parents, Jansson studied art from 1930 to 1938 in Stockholm, Helsinki and Paris. Her first solo art exhibition was in 1943. At the same time, she was writing short stories and articles for publication, as well as creating the graphics for book covers and other purposes. She continued to work as an artist and a writer for the rest of her life.
Jansson wrote the Moomin books for children, starting in 1945 with The Moomins and the Great Flood. The next two books, Comet in Moominland and Finn Family Moomintroll, published in 1946 and 1948 respectively, were highly successful in sales, adding to sales of the first book. For her work as a children’s writer, she received the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1966.