Isengart

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Performer • Performance Coach • Director • Writer


Born in Germany and raised in France, Daniel Isengart moved to New York in 1993 to pursue a life in the performing arts. He quickly became a specialist in the continental cabaret style and one of the first of his generation to re-introduce the genre in New York, leading to regular engagements  at, among other venues, Joe’s PubCafé Sabarsky, the BAMCaféThe Bowery Poetry ClubDuane ParkDeutsches Haus, the Museum Mile Festival as well as guest appearances atSF MoMA, the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, The Playboy Casino in Cancun, and the Philadelphia Museum.
In 2007, Isengart created a pop-up variety show called Foreign Affairs that ran successfully in multiple venues, culminating with a-year-long residency at the Night Hotel in Times Square in 2009.  In 2008, The Museum of Modern Art commissioned Isengart to create a variety show for a special event for its seminal  exhibit on the German Expressionist painter Ludwig Kirchner. Isengart called it The Boulevard of Berlin Dreams.
In 2011, Isengart began a fruitful collaboration with maestro Edwin Outwater, under whose baton he performed songs by Kurt Weill (with soprano Measha Brueggergosman), and HK Gruber’s seminal Frankenstein!! song cycle. In 2016, Most Outwater invited Isengart to act as dramaturg, stage director and narrator for the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Orchestraa’ first staged concert of an opera – Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus.
This last engagement was the beginning of Isengart’s new path as a director and performance coach. Credits include multiple shows he developed for international chanteuse Yanna Avis, undergraduate guest lectures on the history of cabaret and Kleinkunst at Duke University, and a masterclass on The Art of the MCin Montreal, Canada.
In 2019, Isengart returns to the KWS to direct and narrate the company’s second opera in concert production, Carmen, under the baton of its new Music Director, Andrei Feher.
Isengart lives in New York City with his partner, conceptual artist Filip Noterdaeme, who authored a memoir about their symbiotic, neo-bohemian life in NYC  titled The Autobiography of Daniel J. Isengart, written as a modern adaptation of Gertrude Stein's memoir à clefThe Autobiography of Alice B, Toklas.
Isengart, who has been moonlighting as a private chef since 1999, has written analytical pieces about the intersection of food and culture for Slate and The Huffington Post and is a contributing writer for Jarry Magazine. In 2018, Outpost9 published his culinary memoir, The Art of Gay Cooking, as well as a provocative culinary manifesto, Queering the Kitchen.