Salamanda Tandem People

Artistic Director / Composer / Singer: Isabel Jones

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Isabel is an experienced collaborator, soundartist, singer, composer, choreographer and director of Salamanda Tandem UK, (est 1989). For 30 years Isabel has brought together performance, sound, movement, visual and sensory artists from the UK and all over the world, to make art works that cross boundaries between people and art forms to celebrate and cultivate human creativity. As director of Salamanda Tandem and a prolific creator and collaborator, her work has attracted  Arts Council strategic organisation funding, and Grants for The Arts/National Lottery subsidy since 1994. In addition to that, Isabel as attracted grants, awards and commissions from the EU, Department of Trade and Industry, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire, local authorities, Leeds University, Tallinn University, Opera North, Baerum Kulturhus Norway, Muse Company Japan, to name a very few. The key driver being meaningful relationships, and no-one more than Isabel accepts the role of artistic collaboration in that. Working across the fields of music, dance, visual arts, architecture, social care, academia, and health, she has directed, over 50 larger scale music and dance works, and many smaller ones.

Photographer: Geoffrey Fielding

Geoffrey has worked closely alongside Isabel as an associate artist since 2002, when he became company photographer, technical designer working on all ST projects: Triptych, Corrosion, Living Room, Quarry-o-sion, Touchstone Exhibition, Ad Astra, Site Dance Site Music, Project 20, White Cane, Soundwalk Into Wellbeing, and was responsible for the development of radio headphones in our work, and in supporting Lewis Jones via access to technology. His careful and therapeutic eye for detail generated the unique aesthetic of Salamanda Tandem. More recently Geoffrey has been involved in designing wellbeing projects, and is the co-creator of the new building.

Chair / Associate Artist: Lisa Holmes

Lisa began her work with Salamanda Tandem as a student of Dance in Society at Surray University in 1993, and in 1996 began working with the company, as a dancer, producer, trainer and manager. In 2013 she became the chair of Salamanda Tandem


Tabla Player , Co-creator Soundwalk Into Wellbeing Biant Singh


Co-Composer, Co-Director White Cane: Duncan Chapman


Viola Player / Co-composer White Cane: Takashi Kikuchi


Performer/ Dance Artist Co-Creator White Cane: Mickel Smithen


Dancer: Indra Slavena


Poet Musician / composer: Tony Baker


(Leroy and Tony Baker: Impossible Birds)

Nottingham Contemporary--2 Mickel and Isabel: Project 20

JT0C3949 Dramaturg: Mick Wallis

Villa Strauli-3022 Helena Nicolao, Isabel: Villa Strauli

Hadley--3 Julie Hood: Site Dance Site Music

JT0C3901 Natalie and Polly in Leeds City Centre: White Cane

JT0C2509 Ray Kohn: Creativity Metrix

House-2Isabel in Triptych

JT0C2488 Stella Couloutbanis and Audience Members


Robbie Fitton Jones, Isabel, Duncan and Geoffrey: Quary-o-sion

dscf3181Sam Nightjar, Indra: White Cane

Artist Collaborators whose work is featured on this site:

Poet/Musician composer: Tony Baker. Voice Artist: Nathan Campbell. Film Maker/academic: Stuart Collinson. Composer: Duncan Chapman. Curator: Stella Couloutbanis. Photographer/Yoga Teacher / Osteopath: Geoffrey Fielding. Technical Support / Advocacy: Derek Grant. Writer: Esther Harris. Dance Artist/ Care Professional/choreographer: Julie Hood. Choreographer, dancer, producer: Lisa Homes, Designer: Richard Hughes. Conceptual designer / voice: Lewis Jones. Singer/ Composer/ choreographer/audio describer: Isabel Jones, Viola Player/composer: Takashi Kikuchi. Creativity Evaluator/Composer: Ray Kohn. Artist Advocate: Laura Mansford. Dancer/choreographer: Helena Nicolao. Movement and Advocacy: Caroline Robinson. Tabla Player/musician: Biant Singh.  Dance Artist: Indra Slavena. Dance Artist / performer: Mickel Smithen. Dance Artist/yoga teacher: Natalie Speake. Dance Artist: Sam White.  Performer: Polly Wiltshire. Dramaturgy: Mick Wallis

Company and Board Members:

Chair = Lisa Holmes (Producer)

Geoffrey Fielding (Osteopath),

Caroline Robinson (dancer/early years teacher trainer)

Company Manager: Stella Couloutbanis

Artistic Director: Isabel Jones

Adviser: Sibyl Burgess (Curator).

Dramaturgy: Mick Wallis ( Emeritus Professor Leeds University PCI)

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