Quarry-o-sion at Wirksworth Festival

Wirksworth Festival, Shaws Quarry, The Stone Centre
Salamanda Tandem UK

Indra and I

Loved the contrast of the voices, history recorded and coming live from the quarry, the sounds of the stones clinking and the visual of the dance. A beautiful experience, well worth the walk

The best show of this year’s Festival!

13.00 – 15.00 Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September. Live Performance in quarry with radio headsets

15.15 – 16.30 Audio in headsets in quarry continue



Owain Fitton-Jones Tuning into the sound

We’d like to invite you to join us for ‘Quarry-o-sion’ our new commissioned piece of sensory and sound 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

Salamanda Tandem co-composers Isabel Jones and Duncan Chapman lead you into the world of one of Wirksworth’s ancient quarries experimenting with the physical and auditory landscape. Experience this environment using radio headsets whilst wandering around the quarry, receiving live and recorded sound, awakening perceptions of what is heard, touched and seen in an evocative and sensory art experience. Follow the touch of a visually impaired dancer, the eye of geologist and the ear of 3 musicians.

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.


Salamanda Tandem Quarry-o-sion 2013 Duncan Chapman, Isabel Jones and Robbie Fitton-Jones. Photo: Geoffrey Fielding

Detailed schedule of Quarry-o-sion as follows: Feel free to drop in and out or spend the whole afternoon with us
Saturday 7th and 8th September 12.30 – 4.30pm

12.30 – 13.00  Visitors bus drop off at the Industrial Estate or arrive by steam train
13.00 – 13.15pm Radio Headphones collection at the entrance to Quarry

13.15 – 15.00pm Live performance in Shaw’s Quarry

15.00 – 16.00 Radio Headsets available for listening to the recording of our live performance whilst wandering around the quarry

16.00 – 16.30 Tea at the National Stone Centre

Singer / Dancer with the Stone and audio description
Scattered rocks sound the quarry amphitheater
Fossils up close and a guided journey
Settling back with tea at the stone centre

Going on behind scenes is the evolution of a series of acousmatic works exploring stone, rock and slate which will be available during and after this event.

This event is accessible to visually impaired people and is audio described live by radio signal singer Isabel Jones who also worked with Geoffrey Fielding to make this technically possible

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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.


Ad Astra Estonia: Dancers, musicians academics and practitioners participating in the final event

*See Previous Blog for full list of Fragile? Symposium and Ad Astra contributors

Coming home Salamanda Tandem brought the work to Northamptonshire and performed ‘Ad Astra’ again at The Water Tower, then was then commissioned by Fermynwoods Contemporary Art to develop a new site specific work for Corby called ‘Touchstone’ the work centered in the beautiful Council Chamber at the heart of Corby Cube and was premiered in July 2013.

Touchstone Exhibition
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 an exhibition, sound installation and film showing the site specific work of Salamanda Tandem and 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 by Geoffrey Fielding, film and music will reveal work undertaken by the company over the last decade


Salamanda Tandem Leicester Cathedral. Dancers: Julie Hood, Karen Mok, Director Isabel Jones

A special performance will be given on Sunday 22nd September at 2.30pm which will be performed by Singer / Composer Isabel Jones, Co-Composer Duncan Chapman and dance artists Indra Slavena and Mickel Smithen

This event is audio described by singer Isabel Jones

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