In conjunction with each album, FISCHERSPOONER develops a dynamic performance that theatrically realizes and furthers their creative concepts and ideas. Legend amongst outsider teenagers and sophisticated arts elite alike, the shows are renowned for their rich mix of art, dance, music and fashion. Hairy monsters, feathered chorus girls spitting blood, raucous new versions of their underground hits, and storms of glitter – a FISCHERSPOONER show is a phantasmagoric experience that is all the way live.
Accompanying the digital minimalism of #1 was a visually maximalist punk pop road show. The fraught tensions of Odyssey were realized in a dramatic rock performance drawing on ideas from the high Romantic era. With Entertainment, the group directly addresses its ongoing exploration of art and entertainment in a show that references Vaudeville, Japanese Kabuki and avant-garde theatre. “It’s not art versus entertainment,” says front man Casey Spooner, “It is art AND entertainment.”
Having returned to their independent roots in the creation of the music, the live show has similarly been developed in tandem over the years of writing the album. During this process, Spooner appeared with legendary experimental company The Wooster Group in their unique production of Hamlet. This led to a series of workshops with the entire Fischerspooner company being trained in many of the company’s signature techniques, which are now integrated with their own brand of postmodern showmanship.
Longtime choreographer Vanessa Walters has created intricate and explosive dances that blend a vigorous future pop aesthetic with classical and modern technique. Musical director Ian Pai continues to trigger the FISCHERSPOONER song catalog, and new collaborator Andrew Schneider adds a new layer of detailed video art.
You never know what quite to expect from a FISCHERSPOONER performance, but it’s safe to say that you have to be there. Don’t miss out, it’s not the same on video.
PRESS ON FISCHERSPOONER LIVE:
“The group’s live shows are the stuff of legend” – BILLBOARD
“… this show is the pinnacle of [Fischerspooner’s] career so far… Fellini’s Satyricon by way of the Legz Akimbo theatre group from The League Of Gentlemen.” – NME
“Warren Fischer and Casey Spooner sink their pedigreed fangs into performance-art deconstruction and explorations of pop culture much like Whitney’s finest Biennialists.” – SPIN
“Visually, Fischerspooner produce a dazzling dementia” – REMIX MAGAZINE
6-May-09 Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia
7-May-09 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn
8-May-09 Webster Hall NYC
10-May-09 9:30 Club Washington DC
11-May-09 The Roxy Boston
13-May-09 The Loft Atlanta
15-May-09 Granada Theatre Dallas
16-May-09 La Zona Rosa Austin
18-May-09 Ogden Denver
20-May-09 HOB San Diego
21-May-09 HOB Las Vegas
22-May-09 Fillmore San Francisco
23-May-09 Avalon Los Angeles
25-May-09 Wonder Ballroom Portland
26-May-09 The Showbox@The Market Seattle
29-May-09 First Ave Minneapolis
30-May-09 Metro/Smart Bar Chicago
31-May-09 Majestic Theatre Detroit
2-Jun-09 Phoenix Toronto