Photo: Gene Reed
Performer • Performance Coach • Director • Writer
Daniel Isengart is a specialist in the continental Franco-German cabaret style and one of the first of his generation to re-introduce the genre in New York City's performance scene, beginning in 1997, with regular engagements at, among other venues, Joe’s Pub, Café Sabarsky, the BAMCafé, The Bowery Poetry Club, Duane Park, Deutsches Haus, the Museum Mile Festival as well as guest appearances at SF MoMA, the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, the now defunct Playboy Casino in Cancun, Mexico, 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 the show The Boulevard of Berlin Dreams, and it featured, among others, a Kirchner-inspired fashion show created exclusively by Machine Dazzle.
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 song cycle Frankenstein!!. In 2016, Outwater invited Isengart to act as dramaturg, stage director and narrator for the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Orchestra’s first ever staged concert of an opera – Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus. Isengart also developed and directed shows for international chanteuse Yanna Avis, had a stint as assistant director with Loftopera, gave undergraduate guest lectures on the history of cabaret and Kleinkunst at Duke University, and taught an erstwhile masterclass on The Art of the MC in Montreal, Canada.
In early 2019, Isengart returned 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 Brooklyn, with his partner, conceptual artist and writer Filip Noterdaeme.