White Cane New Salamanda Tandem Commission

White Cane New Salamanda Tandem Commission

Fri 6th June, 2014 by Project 20 - Salamanda Tandem

Salamanda Tandem in association with Ludus Festival Leeds

White Cane

Victoria Gardens, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AA

Friday 20 June 2014, 1.30 and 3pm

Sunday 22 June 2014, 2.30 and 4pm

Approximate running time – 30 minutes

Ludus Festival Leeds continues this month with Salamanda Tandem’s new work White Cane a sonic exploration of Victoria Gardens on The Headrow. Come along and Play!

Your guides through the Gardens will be visually impaired performer Mickel Smithen and blind musician Takashi Kikuchi, who create a sensory space of touch, vibration, movement and sound, in an unfolding dialogue between performers and public.

Using their long white canes, they build up a deep connection with their environment, ‘sounding’ and ‘dancing’ the Gardens. The cane’s ball moves across the ground, picking up bumps, cracks, grooves, levels and nuances, feeding back sensory information through the hands and bodies of the performers. As they tune into their environs, patterns of movement and sound emerge. Working with co-composers Duncan Chapman and Isabel Jones, the fascinating sound of the ball is sent via radio signal to audience headsets. That sound is mixed with Isabel’s live sung audio description, the beautiful sound of Takashi’s viola, as his and Mickel’s voices bringing their unique world of sonic vision and touch to life.

As the performance unfolds, local white cane users and their friends join Mickel and Takashi in the performance space; and finally audience members and passers by are invited to join.

No need to book – just turn up and play! Please arrive 15 minutes before the performance you want to take part in as you’ll need to collect a headset.

Get involved!

White Cane workshop/performance opportunity

Victoria Gardens 20 June and 22 June. Visually impaired local long cane users, friends and dancers are invited to join Salamanda Tandem artists in White Cane.

Workshop/ Performance

10 – 4.00 on Friday 20th June

11 – 5pm on Sunday 22nd June

Book at

Ludus Thinks

Leeds City Art Gallery, Saturday 21 June 2- 4pm

You are invited to a discussion on the White Cane project with contributions from Salamanda Tandem and friends. This is an informal opportunity to reflect on your experience of White Cane or hear more about it, audio description as an art form, and professional development opportunities for visually impaired performers. Book at

Ludus Festival Leeds will continue to pop up through to February 2015. Sign up for alerts at

Find out more about Salamanda Tandem’s White Cane at

Ludus Festival Leeds is organised by the School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds. Its Co-Directors are Mick Wallis and Joslin McKinney with Alison Andrews from ‘A Quiet Word’ as Programme Associate.

The festival is funded by the University of Leeds.

LudusThinks is an initiative of the School of Performance and Cultural Industries at the University of Leeds. It has been working in partnership with sister schools in the Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications and School of Geography.

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