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4 - 28 August 2021, Nicolson Square Venue #209

Showtimes: Tues-Thurs: 3.30 pm & 5.30 pm;  Fri & Sat: 3.30pm , 5.30 pm, 7 pm

(((WeCameToDance))) is, put simply, a blast!
After sold-out workshops with rave reviews in New York City, WeCameToDance by Food Tank, in partnership with House of Jack, The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Program USA, debuts at the 2021 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 
During the joyful and immersive performance you'll dance with aliens from a real exoplanet (they call it “Hanyana”) that we have re-imagined in partnership with Dr. Steve B. Howell at NASA Ames Research Center. The performers sing in both English and their own language, Hayanese, created by famed linguist David Peterson, who developed Valyrian and Dothraki for HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”  You'll groove to music created by Grammy-nominated Ghanaian afrobeats artist Rocky Dawuni and, led by the cast, you'll participate in synchronised dance originally designed in New York by Broadway's Mary Page Nance, and choreographed for the local production in Scotland by the award-winning Ashley Jack of House of Jack dance studio in Leith, Edinburgh.


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Sophie Douglas  -  Emichu  /  Scientist

MGA Academy of Performing Arts

Ella Gilling  -  Emichu  /  Scientist

The Italia Conti Academy

Caitlin Anderson  -  Jesiva  /  Scientist

MGA Academy of Performing Arts

Stefanie Eadie  -  Jesiva  /  Scientist

Bird College;  The Dance School of Scotland

Emmanuella Damptey  -  Ungayu  /  Scientist 

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (2022)

Betty Valencia  -  Ungayu  /  Scientist

New College Lanarkshire



Co-Creators: Bernard Pollack & Danielle Nierenberg
Directors: Ashley Jack & Becky Enoch
Playwrights: Elizabeth Eaton & Bernard Pollack
Songwriters: Rocky Dawuni, Douglas Romanow, Allen Rene Louis, Ximone Rose 
Musical Director: Simon Hanson
Choreographer: Ashley Jack
Linguist: David Peterson
Creative Producer: Alexandra Lort Phillips
Production Manager: Tom Sergeant
Stage Manager: Catherine Idle
Dramaturgy: Adam Hyndman & Bernard Pollack
Developmental Choreography: Mary Page Nance
Collaborator: Dr Steve Howell, NASA Ames Research Center
Costume and Set Design: Rosamund McCormack
PR & Publicity: Susie Gray 
Community Engagement: Ida Casilli 

Thank you to the Germeshausen Foundation, the Kroger Foundation, and Kirsten Wrinkle for making this incredible endeavour possible. Thank you to our presenting United Nations partners the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Program-USA (WFP). And a special thank you to Natalie Slaiman, Eve Gleeson, Jeff Solomon, Mia Yoo, and Whitney Mosery for their help along the journey.

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