White Cane

Architechture of Victoria tower with canesalamanda tandem

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

Visually impaired dancer Mickel Smithen and blind musician Takashi Kikuchi act as guides to Victoria Gardens as 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

Local long cane users, friends and dancers are invited to join White Cane as performers. A pre-workshop will take place on each day of the performance for those wishing to perform. Join us for a fun 2 hour introduction to White Cane. Register your involvement here.


Ludus Thinks – discussion of White Cane

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

You are invited to join us for 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 and hear more about audio description as an art form, and professional development opportunities for visually impaired performers. Book your place at this FREE event here.

Find out more about Salamanda Tandem’s White Cane event at: www.salamandatandem.wordpress.com/