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WeCameToDance is, simply put, a blast.

After sold out workshops with rave reviews in New York City, we hope you will join WeCameToDance by Food Tank next at the 2021 Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland.

During the performance you will interact with aliens from a real exoplanet (they call it “Hanyana”) that we have reimagined through conversations with NASA. The performers will sing in their own language created by famed linguist David Peterson, who developed Valerian for HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Alongside the cast, you will groove to music created by Grammy-nominated Ghanaian artist Rocky Dawuni and participate in synchronized dance designed by Mary Page Nance of Broadway’s “Finding Neverland” and “The Great Comet” and choreographer Ashley Jack of Edinburgh’s House of Jack Studio. It is an ethereal, truly otherworldly experience that builds layered rhythms over spoken word poetry performed by an all-Scottish cast.

Our musical tells the story of extra-terrestrial life that arrives on Earth to warn its inhabitants of a climate crisis that their own planet has experienced. While guiding you in a fully immersed experience through rhythms, dance, and song, the characters relay a call to action and convey the tragedy of a changing climate, yet a sense of hope percolates through each and every motion, movement, and note.

“Food Tank has been assembling a climate-focused interactive musical, WeCameToDance, to be performed throughout the festival. Through immersive performance, the musical hopes to inspire audiences towards activism as they tell the story of a climate crisis and sustainable societal models that could replace our own systems.” -The Herald (Scotland).

“This (WeCameToDance) will be the next hottest trend.” –Playbill Magazine

FOOD TANK devised, developed, and commissioned this piece within a creative collaboration that mirrors its own non-traditional and decentralized mission to empower communities in coalition.

Thank you to our presenting United Nations partners the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Program-USA (WFP). IFAD is a United Nations agency based in Rome. The World Food Program USA carries on America’s proud legacy of fighting global hunger.

WeCameToDance found its full manifestation through the creative producing & dramaturgy of Adam Hyndman & Bernard Pollack; music / lyrics of Rocky Dawuni, Allen René Louis, Douglas Romanow & Ximone Rose; script & spoken words of Elizabeth Eaton; developmental choreography & direction of Mary Page Nance; linguistics & language development of David Peterson; and creative devising of Lindsey Jones, Geena Quintos, and Kristin Yancy. The creative community of collaborators who shared in the journey of WeCameToDance encompassed many, and will undoubtedly extend to countless more! A few additional collaborators deserving particular note being Whitney Mosery, Danielle Nierenberg, Eve Gleeson, Natalie Slaiman, Jeff Solomon, & Mia Yoo — thank you for your early trust and investments in this vision of community, change, and joy!

A very special thank you to the Germeshausen Foundation, the Kroger Foundation, and Kirsten Wrinkle for making this incredible endeavor possible. 

NOTE: This is not passive entertainment. For this experience to work we need you to arrive fully and engage wholeheartedly — we promise when you do it will have a fiercely powerful impact.

Meet the WeCameToDance Global Team:

Waleed Abdulhamid
Music / lyrics
Rocky Dawuni
Music / lyrics
Elizabeth Eaton
Co-writer of script and spoken words
Eve Gleeson
Dr. Steve Howell
Adam Hyndman
Creative producing and dramaturgy
Lindsey Jones
Creative devising
Allen René Louis
Music / lyrics
Mary Page Nance
Developmental director / choreographer
Danielle Nierenberg
David Peterson
Linguistics and language development
Bernard Pollack
Creative producing, co-writing, and dramaturgy
Geena Quintos
Creative devising
Douglas Romanow
Music / lyrics
Ximone Rose
Music / lyrics
Kristin Yancy
Creative devising

Meet the 2021 Edinburgh Fringe Festival World Debut Team:

Ida Casilli
Associate producer
Becky Enoch
Susie Gray
PR and publicity
Simon Hanson
Musical director
Catherine Idle
Stage manager
Ashley Jack
Co-director and choreographer
Rosamund McCormack
Costume design
Alexandra Lort Phillips
Creative producer
Tom Sergeant
Production manager
Natalie Slaiman

Meet the 2021 Edinburgh Fringe Festival World Debut Cast:

Caitlin Anderson
Emmanuella Damptey
Sophie Douglas
Stefanie Eadie
Ella Gilling
Betty Valencia