Value for Money is a physical exploration of human worth and the currency we use to quantify this. Concerned with the polarity of power and vulnerability inherent within us all, Value for Money explores the value we place on human lives and bodies.
We all come from a common place – land, dust, molecules. The human journey separates us from other animals through our drive to find our individual worth.
What makes us a valuable and unique addition to this place? How do we value human life? Is it the calculable economic value or the intangible emotional and physical value of a person we should be considering?
In addition, this human desire to discover our individual and collective value contradicts a human need to control – to have dominion over other humans, animals, and land; to project collective value onto objects, deities, and other individuals: the polarity of power and vulnerability inherent within us all.
Value For Money interrogates how relationships, community, and proximity change our perception of a life’s worth.
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Cast & crew
Concept and choreography: Sara Black and Jasmin Sheppard
Original collaborating performers: Waangenga Blanco, Gabriel Comerford, Madeleine Krenek, Ashley McLellan and Frankie Snowdon
Touring performers: Frankie Snowdon, Chandler Connell, Samakshi Sidhu, Gabriel Comerford, Madeleine Krenek
Sound design and composition: Tom Snowdon
Lighting design: Chris Mercer
Touring lighting technician: Thomas Roach
Tour Manager: Ash Musk
Dramaturge: Jonny Rowden
Research Assistant: Tessa Snowdon
Production Manager: Amanda Harris
Costume Design and consultation: Elizabeth Verstappen and Andrew Treloar
Produced by: GUTS Dance // Central Australia
Performing with unmatched skill and artistry, the dancers’ faultless execution of this punishing journey was never anything less than absolutely riveting – matching the physical challenges of the work’s luxurious, choreographic adventurousness to absolute perfection.Geoffrey Williams, Stage Whispers, August 2021