We’ve had a thrilling time preparing a city-wide festival of coffee-shop performances for the Wisconsin Triennial. A revival of an idea we built for one weekend in Montreal in 2011, this Café Allongé features 16 perrformances in 16 coffee shops with performances running for three months!
Information about the project, descriptions of performances, bios of performers, and a link to sign up for performance dates can be found at cafeallonge.net. Our page on the Triennial website. Follow us on Twitter: @Spatcode or #Allonge.
We loved the Montreal project, but making the piece at home in Madison, with time to get to know cafe owners and staff, and to work with performers developing their work in the coffee shop they love, has been even better. The three-month run should be really interesting, as pieces evolve and performers become fixtures in their cafes. The development experience has also deepened our appreciation of the depth and breadth of Madison’s coffee cuiture. We’re honored to be making what is really our public Madison debut through the Triennial, and deeply grateful to the folks at MMoCA, all the cafes, and especially the amazing, brave, sensitive, and dedicated performers.