News ........................................ Summer 2013

Salamanda Tandem has had a busy, fruitful and fascinating 2013 so far; as guest curator of the Fragile? Symposium in Estonia funded by the EU, and as director of the finale performance 'Ad Astra' made for 16 dancers, 90 delegates, string quartet and singer, the Symposium attracted over 100 artists, academics and performers internationally in the field of dance and visual impairment. Coming home Salamanda Tandem brought the work to Northamptonshire and performed 'Ad Astra' at The Water Tower, then was commissioned by Fermynwoods Contemporary Art to develop a new site specific work for Corby called 'Touchstone' the work centred in the beautiful Council Chamber at the heart of Corby Cube and was premiered in July 2013. 
We would now like to invite you to join us in September, with 'Quarry-o-sion' our new commissioned piece of sensory art for Wirksworth Festival in a stunning local quarry, and then later in September to come along to our opening performance and solo exhibition of Salamanda Tandem's work at Rufford Craft Centre Gallery, Nottinghamshire
Please see details below
Wirksworth Festival, The Stone Centre 
Salamanda Tandem UK
12.30  – 4.30 pm Saturday 7th September
12.30 – 4.30 pm Sunday 8th September


Salamanda Tandem will take you into one of Wirkswirth’s ancient quarries, experimenting with the physical and auditory landscape to alter your perception of what is heard, touched and seen there through an evocative and sensory art experience.   
Unfolding over a 4 hour period, visitors are invited to drop in and out, or stay all afternoon to experience the quarry and environs through live performance, audio description, location recording, natural and processed sounds, as well as movement.  


Going on behind scenes is the evolution of a series of acousmatic works exploring stone, rock and slate which will be available after this event.
This work is directed by Isabel Jones and Duncan Chapman, who are joined by Indra Slavena, Robbie Fitton Jones, Carly Lake, Chandra Chapman, Geoffrey Fielding and Paddy Fitton Jones in presenting this event. 

Rufford Craft Centre Gallery, Nottinghamshire
Salamanda Tandem UK
24 September – 13 October
Preview and performance: Sunday 22 September, 2.00 – 4.00 pm (Performance 2.30pm)


Touchstone is the culmination of an international project focused on the unique creativity of visually impaired people in dance, performance, sound and art presented by inclusive arts organisation salamanda tandem.

Photographs, film and audio will reveal work undertaken by the company over the last 4 years. A special performance will be given on Sunday 22nd September at 2.30pm which will be performed by dance artists Indra Slavena and Mickel Smithen with Singer / Composer Isabel Jones and Composer Duncan Chapman.  

salamanda tandem's Project 20: 2009 - 2011 

A 2-year project touring to Arts Council East Midlands new Capital Buildings

A focus for artists, disabled people, academics, arts, health care, and education professionals to identify the aesthetic and ethical ingredients that define quality in participatory arts and in socially engaged arts practice.

Exploiting Salamanda Tandem's knowledge accumulated over the last 20 years, the company will work with regional partners to develop a series of targeted exhibitions, talks, seminars, training courses, participatory events, site specific performances and publications. These will be presented primarily in our home county of Nottinghamshire, and in the region's new contemporary art buildings, in order to illuminate the benefits that good quality arts practice and positive environments can bring to disabled people. 

salamanda tandem celebrating 20 years of making art works with people 1989 -  2009


salamanda tandem on the move

Salamanda tandem has moved to its new office and small gallery space in West Bridgford, make a note of our new telephone number on the contact page.


We are pleased to announce

Arts Council East Midlands are investing in salamanda tandem's new business plan with an award for development funding this year.


Read testimonials from a wide range of artists, managers, academics, disabled people and other professionals from all over the East Midlands, and the UK that illuminate the work of the charity and its values, and helped salamanda tandem win its appeal.  

click here  (opens a new window)


Can you help?

Contact us now to join our new Angels scheme supporting salamanda tandem to develop its valuable work over the next 5 years.



artistic programme 2008


salamanda tandem performance and art events


site dance | Site music  

2007 /08 brought 3 new commissions to create public art/performance events for new buildings of architectural interest in deprived communities: Revive and Derwent Stepping Stones in Derby, and the new landmark building Hadley Learning Community, Hadley, Telford. Hadley Learning Community mini flash site (flash player needed)


corrosion:  live music performance & new album

exploring the creative potential of the human voice, and featuring location recordings from Japan, Australia, France, England and the Californian Desert. Visit myspace to hear extracts from new album.


osmosis:  visit a luminarium & encounter our dancers and musicians

a salamanda tandem partnership project with Architects of Air (AoA), Nottingham to develop interactive performance encounters for disabled people and their families and friends within touring AoA Luminaria structures.

 OSMOSIS / architects of air mini site link (flash required)


living room:  inclusive dance / interactive technology  

new sound and visual technologies are integrated into the fabric of art galleries or theatre spaces, creating an empowering environment for dance performance where artist meets and works with the audience who can choose to observe or become part of the art work themselves.


...exhibitions, recordings and internet art events   

look out for ..our art cards, large still photographs and projections

listen out for ..sound installation, Regular Podcasts of projects

purchase ..our audio recordings on CD at performance events


training / continuing professional development

for further information contact: dance training programme

salamanda tandem's training initiative for disabled movement based artists/performers who are interested in site specific and sensory performance work.  The programme holds monthly dance lab / choreographic meetings based in Nottingham. and health

this year round weekly training programme is held in Nottingham, and open to the public providing yoga, pilates and creative movement classes.


...sound connection

funded by Youth Music this project reaches children under 6 who are on the autistic spectrum and their parents /carers in Nottingham.  Through creative workshops and one to one sessions in music and movement, Sound Connection aims to build the confidence of parents and children to play together, and supports the transition between home and school environments.



...creative measures,  creativity development programme

funded by the Department of Trade and Industry, Salamanda Tandem in partnership with Quesco have developed a qualitative tool which can appreciate in equal measure what level of creativity any person. Conducted in a practical workshop format it aims to reveal creativity, and subsequently offer a programme of development via salamanda tandem training courses to help people increase their creativity.


salamanda tandem professional education

arts work with people post graduate - a Post Graduate Programme developed by salamanda tandem and Leeds University for artists and public sector professionals. This project also conducts national and international research projects.



for further information, tour schedule, tape, large print or braile information please contact :


Over the last 7 years the company has found holistic movement work e.g. Iyengar yoga and Pilates very beneficial for its staff and dancers, and provides a weekly company class.

Classes are open to all participants. For further details click here......Beginners, Level 2               


 Listings by Yoga Pages - the online yoga resource