Salamanda Tandem


It's salamanda tandem's 25th year of making arts work with people!

We're a group of experienced artists and producers who work within a set of core principles that underpin the delivery and engagement process of participatory performance art. These values have driven us since our inception in 1989.

We've just finished PROJECT 20 - a 3 year program of debate, 12 Provocations, published material and practice led projects that raise ethical and aesthetic questions about quality in participatory or socially engaged arts work with people. The project toured throughout the East Midlands region in 2009 - 2012 and now has gone national. We've been drawing upon the work of salamanda tandem and the many experienced artists and academics we have worked with over the last 23 years. We have worked closely with EMPAF as part of the project and have set up a Project 20 group and are running forum topics on this web site for contributions and debate. We have blog as a record of what happened:  .

Project 20 was launched at the EMPAF conference in October 2009, and we led seminars at; The Curve Leicester with Foundation of Community Dance (FCD), Miranda Tuffnell on 'dance and Ethics', at the Lincoln Centre for performing arts on the 'dancers journey into participation' and 'therapeutic dance', at New Art Exchange in Nottingham with NORSACA for parents on interactive play with children on the autistic spectrum. We've also run a seminar and training events at Rufford Crafts Center on 'inclusive practice' for visual artists, at Nottingham Contemporary, were the course leader on the Dance and Disabled People Residential Courses run by FCD in 2010 and 2011 and continue in 2012. Isabel Jones is the author of a book that came out in Sept 2010 published by FCD and the co-author of a chapter in an academic book with Professor Mick Wallis in Dec 2013. We want to widen the net to include others who are conversant with exemplary participatory practice and those who want to develop their ethical and aesthetic focus in participatory arts. Do get in touch or log onto our blog or here on the EMPAF site if you are interested in contributing to our next project.

In the summer / autumn 2012 and spring / summer 2013 the company went national as part of Ludus festival, with Leeds University, PCI, International performance Conference at Leeds Uni, to Plymouth Dance, Attik Dance, Staffordshire Aiming High, Wirksworth Festival as Quarry-o-sion and internationally as co-leaders of FRAGILE to Norway, Estonia and Portugal.  Isabel Jones was curator of the international symposium Fragile? in Estonia April 2013. This project was supported by Arts Council England through the National Lottery program, and Nottinghamshire County Council Arts Team.

This summer 2014 and 2015 we've embarked on as new series of 3 sound art, dance, visual Art Works all around the contribution of visually impaired and blind people to Salamanda Tandem.

Watch out for Ad Astra in Estonia, Touchstone in Corby and White Cane in Leeds!



White Cane

White Cane

Fri 6th June, 2014

Salamanda Tandem in association with Ludus Festival Leeds Read More »

Fragile? Estonia Symposium Call Out

Fragile? Estonia Symposium Call Out

Mon 1st October, 2012

FRAGILE? / Symposium Dance, Arts & Visual Impairment TALLINN UNIVERSITY, Estonia 20 - 21 April 2013 Read More »

Living Room Event at Leeds Uni.

Living Room Event at Leeds Uni.

Tue 19th June, 2012

Salamanda Tandem take their Living Room Installation to the international Ludus performance festival in Leeds this June. Read More »

Past Events

Sun 22nd June, 2014

White Cane Participatory Performance

White Cane Participatory Performance


Long Cane users, somatic practitioners and friends. Read More »

Fri 20th June, 2014

White Cane Salamanda Tandem

White Cane Salamanda Tandem

20th June to 22nd June 2014

Opportunity to Participate Read More »


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