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Salamanda Tandem: Soundwalk Into Wellbeing

For Seldom Heard Carers in Nottinghamshire ……This Autumn, Winter and Spring


Next Event! Soundwalk Into Wellbeing  16th October 2018: 13.00 – 13.45 and 15.00 – 15.45

Canalside Heritage Centre, Beeston Lock Nottinghamshire NG9 1LZ

Soundwalk Into Wellbeing is a live immersive sensory experience, guided by wellbeing practitioners, sound artists, and seldom heard carers, using innovative sound technology to address challenges of isolation, stress, disability and poor health. Taking place in local parks, canal sides, gardens and unexpected local havens for nature, the soundwalks are designed to lift energies, through cultivating a sense of curiosity, as seldom heard carers, loved ones and friends, tune into the sound, movement and touch of nature, through the healing power of the breath. Central to the Beeston Lock sound score transmitted via radio headphones, we hear stories of wellbeing and resilience collected from seldom heard carers and canalside people who have drawn on challenging lived experience to let nature, breathe space into their daily lives. Embedded into the Soundwalks are The 5 Ways To Wellbeing, Connect, Keep Learning, Be Active, Take Notice, and Give, so all are welcome to stay on after the soundwalks for a friendly gathering, to reflect on shared wellbeing experiences and build peer support.

Performers 16th October 2018

Isabel Jones: Composer / Singer / Soundwalk Into Wellbeing Guide

Biant Singh: Tabla Player / Soundwalk Into Wellbeing Guide

Advocacy and Technical Support:

Caroline Robinson: Evaluation & Movement Facilitation, Derek Grant: Technical Support and Advocacy, Sue Ansell: Artist Advocate, and Geoffrey Fielding: Photographer and Technical Support

Soundwalk Into Wellbeing at Beeston Lock has been developed by Salamanda Tandem, in partnership with Better Carers and Co-Production Team Nottinghamshire County Council, Canalside Heritage Centre Beeston Lock, the Carers’ Council and Beeston Carers. Celebrating: Mental Health Awareness Weeks: and 2018 World Mental Health Day.

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Find out a bit more about Salamanda Tandem, view this short 7 min filmSalamanda Tandem Film Made by People Dancing


Salamanda Tandem: White Cane Performance Touring Nationally

” what was especially interesting was that we were being led by a blind person, which turned everything around for me”

“White Cane is a marvelous example of soundart and socially engaged performance at its best!”

Next Event Autumn 2018:  White Cane at Interfaces New Music Conference DMU

Click below for Accessible Audio version of White Cane Information:

Huddersfield Station Platform 1  White Cane Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

White Cane @Ludus Festival: White Cane Ludus Festival

WHITE CANE Salamanda Tandem: is a series of unique site-specific performances touring nationally in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, where audiences wearing wireless headphones are immersed in a sound world created by visually impaired performers exploring and navigating public space. As the long cane rolls across the surface of each space, we hear it’s sound, which is combined with live viola, and spoken and sung audio description to create a unique experience of ‘sonic vision’.

White Cane is Produced by salamanda tandem with funding from Grants For The Arts / Arts Council to tour in 2016  – 2018.


Presented in collaboration with Sound and Music as part of their composer-curator programme:

White Cane Composer Curator Award

White Cane Creators / Artists:

Isabel Jones: Concept/Composer/Performer

Duncan Chapman: Composer/Performer

Takashi Kikuchi: Viola Player / Composer

Mickel Smithen: Long Cane Performer/Dancer

Geoffrey Fielding: Photographer

Mick Wallis: Conceptual Design

Performers / Movement Artists: Indra Slavena (Huddersfield, Colchester, Leicester, Nottingham), Polly Wiltshire (Leeds), Natalie Speake (Leeds), Sam White (Huddersfield, Leicester)

Advocacy and Technical Support: Caroline Robinson, Laura Mansford, Derek Grant and Stella Couloutbanis

White Cane Performances Venues and Festivals

Ludus Festival June 2014

Colchester Firstsite Gallery January 2016 and Oct 2016 :

Salamanda Tandem White Cane The Curve January 2017

Spitalfields Festival June 2016

Tokyo Muse Company Project June 2016

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival May 2016 and Nov 2016

Bridgford Park and Salamanda Tandem Studio: Oct 2016, April 2017, Aug 2017, Feb 2018.

Interfaces Conference DMU September 2018

Canalside Beeston Lock Oct 2018

Other News

Read Our latest 25 year celebration Publication Here: Salamanda Tandem 25 Years

Salamanda Tandem and Artistic Director Isabel Jones has been selected as the subject of a new ‘People Dancing’ Film (FCD) celebrating leading practice in the field of Dance. Salamanda Tandem Film: Sensation

2018 / 2019 Retreats, Weekly Classes and Workshops

Visit Movement for Health our wellbeing practitioner site: Current Programme click here

2018 Iyengar Yoga Studio West Bridgford Autumn


New Year Retreat 2018 – 2019 30th – Dec – 1st January run by Isabel and Geoffrey

Parwich Retreat Derbyshire run by Isabel and Geoffrey: June 15th – 17th 2018

Weekly Iyengar Yoga Classes: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Morning, Thursday evening saturday morning and Monthly Yoga Workshops: Sunday Mornings.

Weekly West Bridgford Bowls Club class continue’s with Osteopath / Yoga Teacher Geoffrey Fielding. Every wedesday over 60’s.Oct – April every year (2012 ongoing…)

2015 … 2018 Isabel’s soundart & writing: “from Purusha to Prakrity:

Isabel’s Blog From India

Portrait Isabel-0739

Salamanda Tandem’s new studio opened in May 2017 -Now open!


Other Past Events:

Performances, publications, workshops, classes, retreats, recordings, film, academic presentations and research

Australia Research Project Perth University and DADAA. Mick Wallis and Isabel Jones will be conducting their research over the next year, and visiting Perth in January and February 2016

2015 – 2016: The Internet of Soft Things research Project; a collaboration between, computer scientists, designers, MIND participants and psychotherapists based at Trent University department of Art and Design. Watch our for Salamanda Tandem’s 3 films produced with MIND co-designers at various national and international symposiums and conferences.

‘Gesture Site Specific Performance’ Corby Cube March 8th 2014 10.30am

‘Ad Astra  and Gesture Film’ Showing and Talk Corby Cube March 8th 2015 4.30pm

3rd April White Cane Research project Central Leeds – Victoria Gardens with Mickel, Takashi, Duncan, Isabel and Mick

4th April Symposium  2016 – Ludus Thinks . Presentation by Isabel Jones and Mickel Smithen

10th and 14th April 2016 Nortants Young Carers with NMPAT Sound Safari project with Duncan and Isabel

‘Orchestras Live Performances ‘ with co-composers Duncan Chapman and Isabel Jones and VIVA Orchestra – 28th March 2014 Ashmount School 24th June and 25th June at De’Montfort Hall Leicester, June 2014

Orchestras Live Workshops with Duncan Chapman and Isabel Jones and VIVA Feb and March 2014

May 28th, 29th and 30th May 2014 Victoria Gardens White Cane Process and Research

‘White Cane’ Performance – Victoria Gardens Central Leeds June 20th and 22nd 2014

Foundation For Community Dance Summer School July 2014 – Isabel Jones course leader

People Dancing International Conference Nov 2014: Salamanda Tandem

Site Specific Performance at Corby Cube commissioned by Fermynwoods Contemporary Art –  Final event 18th and 19th July in the Council Chamber Corby Cube

RE- Sound: A Children’s Opera with Duncan Chapman and Isabel Jones in Aberdeenshire May and June 2013

Quarry-o-sion- Site specific sound art event for Wirksworth Festival September 7th / 8th 2013. 12.30 – 16.30pm each day

Touchstone Exhibition- Rufford Craft Centre 22nd September – 13th October 2013

Performance Private View Rufford Craft Centre Gallery 22nd September 2013. 2.30pm

Ad Astra Tallinn University, Estonia 21st April 2013

Ad Astra at the Water Tower – Site specific dance and music performance May 30th 2013

Quarry-o-sion Wirksworth Festival Sound Recording Sessions with local young people 7th August 2013

Quarry-o-sion Wirksworth Festival September 6th Rehearsals for Volunteers

Quarry-o-sion Shaw’s Quarry Music/Dance Performance Wirksworth Festival 7th & 8th September 2013

Journey Into Health, West Bridgford Bowls Club with Geoffrey Fielding. Weekly movement sessions for people over 65. Jan – March 2014

Trigonos Retreat Snowdonia – New Year 2013 with Isabel Jones and Geoffrey Fielding

Breathing Space Project in Staffordshire with disabled children Summer / Autumn 2012

Living Room Installation Ludus Festival – Leeds University Students Union June 2012

Seminars, training courses and conferences…..


Image 1. Rufford Craft Centre. Image 2. Living Room Bretton Hall. Photographs Geoffrey Fielding, Design Richard Hughes

FCD Dance and Disabled People Residential Course July 2014 led by Isabel Jones

NMPAT Music Training day led by visually impaired and sighted associate artists April 2014

NMPAT Music Training Day for Musicians January 2014

NMPAT Music Training day for Musicians Northamptonshire October 2013

Fermynwoods Contemporary Art – Gesture Seminar Event 6th August 2013

FCD Summer School Dance and Disabled People July 2013

Jessie’s Fund Music Interaction Training Day Manchester June 2013

Noise Floor Symposium Stafford University – Duncan Chapman and Isabel Jones May 2013

FRAGILE?: EU Funded Symposium Estonia April 2013. 28 events, workshops and seminars with Curator Isabel Jones

FRAGILE? Call Out for workshops, presentations and art works Closing date October 10th 2012

Dance and Ethics Seminar: Lincoln Centre for Performing Arts Nov 2012

Therapeutic Dance: Lincoln Centre for Performing arts Nov 2012

Inclusive Dance Workshop: De’Montfort University Leicester – November 2011

Dance in The Community Lecture: De’Montfort University – November 2011

Plymouth University Dance Department –  November 2012 ( Targeted Event)

Plymouth University Psychology and Dance Department  Nov  2012 ( open seminar /event)

Embrace Arts Exhibition March 2012: salamanda tandem exhibit an art work as part of their conference on art and learning disabled people

Embrace, Create Connect Conference at Embrace Arts Leicester March 2012 Isabel Jones keynote workshop

Annual Retreats:

Annual New Year Trigonos Alternative Education Centre in Snowdonia: December 31st – 2nd Jan

Annual Spring Retreat In Parwich Derbyshshire Co-led by Isabel Jones and Geoffrey Fielding.