Salamanda Tandem People

Artistic Director Isabel Jones

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Isabel is an experienced collaborator, soundartist, singer, and director of Salamanda Tandem UK, (est 1989). Over nearly 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.

Co-Director White Cane Tour: Duncan Chapman


Co-Creator White Cane Takashi Kikuchi


Co-Creator White Cane: Mickel Smithen


Co-Creator: Soundwalk Into Wellbeing: Biant Singh


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Associate Artists, Wellbeing Practitioners and Advocates featured on this site:

Tabla Player/musician: Biant Singh, Dance Artist: Mickel Smithen, Viola Player/composer: Takashi Kikuchi, Designer: Richard Hughes, Dance Artist: Indra Slavena. Dance Artist: Sam White. Artist Advocate: Laura Mansford. Photographer/Yoga Teacher Osteopath: Geoffrey Fielding. Composer: Duncan Chapman, Technical Support / Advocacy: Derek Grant, Movement and Advocacy: Caroline Robinson, Film Maker/academic: Stuart Collinson, Creativity Evaluator/Composer: Ray Kohn, Voice Artist: Nathan Campbell, Dance Artist/ Care Professional: Julie Hood. Performer: Polly Wiltshire, Dancer/choreographer: Helena Nicolao,  Poet/Musician composer: Tony Baker. Writer: Esther Harris. Dance Artist/yoga teacher: Natalie Speake, Dance Artist: Chemaine Cooke,

A few photos of associate artists in action below:






Leroy and Tony




Duncan and Chandra

Nottingham Contemporary--2

Mickel and Isabel




Natalie, Takashi, Mickel, Isabel and Chemaine

Villa Strauli-3022

Helena, Isabel




Natalie and Polly with audience in Leeds City Centre




Stella and Audience Members

dscf3181Sam White, Indra Slavena and Audience members

Company Manager: Stella Couloutbanis

Board Members:

Chair = Lisa Holmes (Producer) Geoffrey Fielding (Osteopath), Caroline Robinson (dancer/early years teacher trainer)

Adviser: Sibyl Burgess (Curator).

Dramaturgy: Mick Wallis ( Emeritus Professor Leeds University PCI)


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