Simo Heiskanen

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Glims & Gloms dance company received Finnish State Prize for merits in dance.

The State Prize for Dance this year was given to the Espoo-based dance theater Glims & Gloms. The artistic directors are Simo Heiskanen and Tuomo Railo. The award was given by the Minister of Culture and Sport Stefan Wallin in Helsinki, November 11, 2009.

The State Prizes for the Arts is awarded in recognition for distinguished work done during the last three years or remarkable long-term artistic work.

The grounds for the prize of the National Council for Dance were, among others, the following:

Simo Heiskanen and Tuomo Railo founded a dance theater in Espoo ten years ago. Right from the start, the theater became distinctly local, Espoo’s own dance theater. Glims & Gloms developed into an artistically ambitious high-quality dance theater for the whole family. It has succeeded in creating a repertoire that speaks to spectators of different ages. The theater is widely appreciated.

During its existence, Glims & Gloms have continuously defied poor conditions of operation in the free field and realized even exceptionally large-scale and ambitious works. The theater’s performances bring together many elements of the performing arts: dance, theater, music, visual arts, video and applications of theater technique. Glims & Gloms makes use of different genres and traditions of dance in their works in an unbiased and versatile way. They have brought dance closer to the audience by taking on works by authors and artists that are familiar to Finns.

Railo and Heiskanen sometimes compose the music for their works or create the sound design of the works. They have also commissioned music for their works from composers, which is not very common in the field of contemporary dance.

Glims & Gloms have succeeded in building a solid base for their operation. They have had a successful cooperation with Espoo city. Additionally, the dance theater has employed free lance dancers and they have been determined in trying to create structures for the art of dance in their home town.

The theater is even more important for its active work with audiences. In addition to traditional audience work, the theater realizes productions that strive to prevent the alienation of the young and to add to the wellbeing of children and teenagers in local as well as international projects.