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Simo Heiskanen studied at the Theatre Academy’s dance department in Helsinki, Finland. He graduated in 1995 and since then, he has been creating works of art as a choreographer, composer and visual designer. Simo Heiskanen’s choreographical work is based on varying theatrical characters. In different ways he combines dance, mimical expression, spoken language and singing. Simo Heiskanen runs Glims & Gloms dance theatre together with choreographer Tuomo Railo with whom he founded the theatre in 1999.

Tuomo Railo

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Tuomo Railo graduated from the Finnish National Opera Ballet School in 1987. In addition to The National Ballet, he has been a professional dancer at Helsinki City Theatre and Kenneth Kvarnström & Co dance company. Railo has made choreographies for different dance theatres, commissioned works for festivals, the television, as well as for theatres in Finland and abroad. Railo has also worked as a teacher of choreography and dance, a producer and and as an actor.


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Before starting as the production manager for Glims & Gloms, Heidi Yli-Yrjänäinen graduated from HUMAK – University of Applied Sciences with Masters Degree of Culture and Arts. Heidi has previously been working as a producer of contemporary theatre for Helsinki Student Theatre and for Porttiteatteri, a theatre group for former inmates. In addition, she has worked as an event and human resources manager for PuskaPromotion Co-op and as a fundraiser for Greenpeace.

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