GUTS Dance Central Australia

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Value For Money

Value for Money is a new contemporary dance work by emerging choreographer Sara Black, exploring the differing values we place on human lives and bodies.

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VFM is a contemporary dance work exploring the differing values we place on human lives and bodies, focusing on how relationship, proximity and community change our perception of a life’s worth and the worth of a body as a vessel.

GUTS Dance have commissioned choreographer Sara Black to create a new contemporary dance work Value For Money. After an initial 3 week development in 2019, GUTS’ directors, Frankie Snowdon and Madeleine Krenek, along with Sara and a team of amazing dancers and creatives will continue to bring this work to life over the next year. The process will consist of an extensive research and data collection phase, a 4 week studio development and a week long season at Araluen Arts Centre in May and June 2021, with opportunities for community engagement via free classes and workshops in schools .

Value For Money speaks to a conversation we need to have. We experience our communities becoming more divided, frightened and insular. We are regularly presented with messages of who and what we should fear, closing down our ability to engage with empathy and acknowledge bias. This fear separates us from communities that appear ‘different’ rather than allowing us to see our commonalities.

Work of this nature brings people together encouraging critical thinking and conversation and provides access to provocative stimuli through the form of dance, from which people can begin to think about their world(s) and place with a different lens.

Value For Money will see a group of 12 acclaimed Australian artists and creatives come together in Mparntwe/Alice Springs for the development, rehearsal and presentation of the work. The full team consists of:

Concept and choreography: Sara Black
Collaborating performers: Kelly Beneforti, Waangenga Blanco, Thomas E S Kelly, Madeleine Krenek and Frankie Snowdon
Sound design and composition: Tom Snowdon (No Mono)
Lighting design: Chris Mercer
Costume design: Lizzy Verstappen
Research Assistant: Tessa Snowdon
Dramaturge: Jonny Rowden
Production manager: Anders Pfeiffer

The current global situation has put our artists, our work and our futures in a state of precariousness. We are committed to making valuable contributions to our national cultural landscape, and offering important employment opportunities for the exceptional artists who create them. Donations from this campaign will be used to ensure our outstanding team of artists and creatives are paid properly for all the amazing work that they will do on the project, and buy us a little more time to ensure the work itself is as rigorous and robust as possible.

For more details about GUTS please visit www.gutsdance.org.au

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Frankie and Madeleine have been creating and performing professional work together for 11 years, practicing experimentation based in dance with a strong focus on collaboration, often presenting work in non-traditional performance spaces.

As performers, collaborators and independent makers, Frankie and Madeleine have worked extensively throughout Australia for companies including Chunky Move and Lucy Guerin Inc. and independent artists Jo Lloyd, Adam Wheeler and Carlee Mellow among others. Internationally, they have undertaken multiple residencies throughout Europe and worked with makers in New Zealand and the USA.

Since relocating their practice back to Frankie’s hometown of Alice Springs/Mparntwe in 2015, Frankie and Madeleine have premiered two new works The Perception Experiment (2017) and The Lost Dance Project (2018) with teams of award winning national collaborators. They were founding members of Melbourne’s 2NDTOE with whom they made work with for 10 years and founded the Alice Can Dance education program in the Northern Territory, which now provides dance opportunities for over 250 young people in public schools in remote Australia each year.

In 2018, Madeleine and Frankie founded GUTS Dance // Central Australia, a new platform for dance investigation, creation, training and exchange based in their home in the Central Australian desert.

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