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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? Or is it a fine balance of both?

Join GUTS Dance // Central Australia for the world premiere of a new contemporary dance work, Value For Money, the first full-length work from award-winning dancers and emerging choreographers Sara Black and Jasmin Sheppard. Through the lens of our collective experience of contemporary Australia and by examining its history, Value For Money interrogates how relationships, proximity and community change our perception of a life’s worth. Delving into the polarity of power and vulnerability inherent within us all, it sees an exceptional cast of renowned Australian performers and creatives explore their stories and experiences; reflecting on the way we understand and value our fellow humans. Powerful and provocative, Value For Money pushes us to interrogate the unquestionable traits that bind us as a human race.

Stick around after the 1pm show on Saturday 21 Aug as passionate artist, choreographer and performer Jess Devereux chats with the cast and creators about the work.

Download the event program to your mobile device here.

  • Concept & Choreography Sara Black & Jasmin Sheppard

  • Collaborating performers Waangenga Blanco, Gabriel Comerford, Madeleine Krenek, Ashley McLellan, Frankie Snowdon
  • Sound Designer & Composer Tom Snowdon
  • Lighting Designer Chris Mercer
  • Research Assistant Tessa Snowdon
  • Dramaturg Jonny Rowden
  • Costume Designers Lizzy Verstappen & Andrew Treloar

Value For Money was made possible with assistance from the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, the Regional Arts Fund, the Northern Territory Government through Arts NT and via individual donations through Creative Partnerships Australia’s BOOST initiative. It has also been supported locally by the Araluen Arts Centre and Studio B school of dance.

GUTS would also like to acknowledge the Arrernte people, on whose country they are based and this work was created, and whose sovereignty was never ceded. They pay respect to their elders, and to all First Nations people and countries

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