Value for Money


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, molecule. The human journey separates us from other animals by 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, 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

Collaborating performers: Gabe Comerford, Waangenga Blanco, Ashley McLellan, Madeleine Krenek and Frankie Snowdon

Sound Composition/Design: Tom Snowdon

Lighting Design: Chris Mercer

Dramaturge: Jonny Rowden

Research Assistant: Tessa Snowdon

Costume Design and Creation: Lizzy Verstappen and Andrew Treloar

Stage Manager: Amanda Harris

Video: Mischa Baka and collaborators


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


Available to tour nationally in 2022 and 2023

Darwin Festival


Session times:
6pm, Tuesday 17
11am, Wednesday 18, this performance doesn’t contain nudity and is suitable for school-aged audiences
6pm, Wednesday 18
6pm, Thursday 19


Evan Saunders

Performing Arts Manager

PO Box 535
Darwin, NT 0801

08 8941 1444