Foreign Affairs Retires - For Now
Foreign Affairs is a contemporary-style, international pop-up cabaret created by Performer/Artistic Director Isengart. It opened at an artist loft in Soho in 2008. It has since seen several incarnations, notably when NYC nightlife maven Lee Chappell stepped in as producer and promoter in 2009 and went on to produce the show under Isengart's direction for almost 2 years.
The show is currently retired. You can join Foreign Affairs' email list to stay tuned!
"Top Live Act" & Critic's "Pick of the Week"
- Time Out NY, Nov 26, 2009
Promoted by the iconic 1990s club-scene figure Lee Chappell, Foreign Affairs is hosted by a pair of usual downtown suspects: the slick, sharp-cheeked German singer Daniel Isengart, who goes for a strange balance between sexual exhibitionism and Continental archness--he's like a hustler striking Marlene Dietrich poses in an Amsterdam window--and the distinctive comic vocalist Lady Rizo, who lends a Victrola vibrato to modern fare with a wink of her elaborate lashes.
- Time Out NY (Issue 739 : Nov 26-Dec 2, 2009)
Read the full review here.
Melding burlesque raunch with old-world supper-club glamour, the louche Lady Rizo and Isengart host a night of cabaret at this modern gothic leather-flanked venue.
- New York Magazine, June 2009
Contempo hits are reworked in the Lee Chappell-promoted Foreign Affairs Cabaret, an insouciantly zingy Wednesday-night revue on "the tiniest, sparkliest stage in New York," past the lobby of the Night Hotel. The show is co-hosted by the talented Lady Rizo, who combines glamour, wit, and real vocal chops as she slows down and pumps up "Fame"--I mean, "Toxic"--and croons a bilingual anti-love song that concludes, "Estoy creepo. Estoy weirdo. Yo no belong here."
Co-host Daniel Isengart, a naughty wood nymph in spangly hot pants, sings "Holiday" and other hits with a high-pitched twinkle and a real tan. And there are guest stars, from trannie jazz singers to exotic dancers and beyond. Yo belong here.
- Village Voice
Are moody medieval German tunes your cup of tea? Then you're sure to enjoy this speakeasy cabaret night starring a host of colorful crooners, musicians and variety acts, including mesmerizing singer and queer-scene favorite Isengart.
- TimeOut New York
Nouveau cabaret darling Isengart and the talented and hilarious Lady Rizo host a postmodern cabaret that features live music, special guest performances and nostalgic acts. The evening combines burlesque raunch and old world supper club glamour for an effect that's retro with a twist.
Foreign Affairs, an absurdist cabaret hosted by Isengart and Lady Rizo at the modern gothic Night Hotel, deceptively created a posh and well-behaved atmosphere until the music started. Among the well-dressed, fashion forward crowd, Arias With a Twist star Joey Arias cheered while perched at the bar for the performers including the co-hosts, drag legend Sherry Vine and fetishy burlesque artist Amber Ray.
Accompanied by a 4-piece band, every performer showed off great wit and excellent stage presence in the intimate hotel lobby bar.
- NY Press (February 3, 2009)
The captivating Joey Arias sang four numbers, including a throaty and soulful "God Bless the Child," (...) all of which brought cheers and ovations. (...)Co-hosts Isengart and Lady Rizo carry the show with powerful voices; Isengart's vintage cabaret is offset by his lithe body and glitter-encrusted nipples, while Rizo's mischievous grin and banter hold the audience captive.
- NY Press (April 8, 2009)
Read the full review here.
Foreign Affairs is musical candy for the eyes and the ears.
- According to G (November 5, 2009)
Read the full blog entry here.