S.S. Belgenland


Revue Ravage


Terms of


FES ft.
Ernst Reijseger


Boat & Berg


R.I.P. Funeral songs




FES with John Watts


Answer Songs






FES meets Jimi Tenor


The Oyster Princess


FES ft. Uri Caine




The Armstrong Mutations







Answer Songs

photo © Geert Brams 


‘The Oyster Princess’ tells the story of oyster tycoon Quaker, a man so rich he even has a butler to hold his cigar while he smokes. The one thing left that could possibly impress king Quaker, would be to have his daughter Ossi marry a bona fide prince. He finds a poor prince, prince Nucki, who in turn sends his friend Joseph to get an idea of what Ossi is like... ‘The Oyster Princess’ marks a turning point in director Ernst Lubitsch’ comedy work. He leaves the slapstick behind and evolves toward a sophisticated form of satire. The target of his humour in this case is the American bourgeoisie, personified by the wealthy businessman ‘the Oyster King’. Laced with sour humour, we hear the story of the boundless wealth of the American bourgeoisie in the twenties and the snobbish attitude of the impoverished European aristocracy. Lubitsch is known mainly for his Hollywood-period in the 1940’s and 1950’s with ‘The Shop Around the Corner’, ‘Ninotchka’, ‘Heaven can wait’ and many others. A few films from his Berlin period (ca. 1915) were recently restored, amongst others Carmen (Gypsy Blood) and Die Austernprinzessin from 1919.


For the 2005 edition of the Flanders International Film Festival – Ghent, composer Peter Vermeersch wrote the music (score and sound mix) for the Oyster Princess and FES accompanied this film live. This project combines a director of historical importance with the refreshing FES approach and therefore appeals not only to the habitual audience of music lovers but also to film fans. For this specific audience FES recorded The Oyster Princess on DVD, together with the short film ‘Brasschaet 1932’, a curiosum about a bicycle race with a score by Peter Vermeersch.


The screening of The Oyster Princess is a co-production of the Festival of Flanders, Vooruit Arts Centre, the Flanders International Film Festival - Ghent, deSingel, Motives Festival Genk and Bonk vzw. The dvd was released in 2007 by Bonk vzw in cooperation with the Royal Belgian Film Archive.


More info: www.lubitsch.com











Play dates



Past dates

18 January 2020

Handelbeurs, Ghent, Belgium

13 December 2019

Willem Twee toonzaal, ’s Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands (SS Belgenland and The Oyster Princess)

30 November 2019

De Grote Post, Oostende, Belgium

29 November 2019

deSingel, Antwerp, Belgium (SS Belgenland and The Oyster Princess)

22 November 2019

Paradox en collaboration with De Nieuwe Vorst, Tilburg, The Netherlands (SS Belgenland and The Oyster Princess)

8 November 2019

AFI Silver Theatre, Washington, USA

6 November 2019

REDCAT, Los Angeles (The Oyster Princess + Hearsee)

2 November 2019

Modulus Festival, Roundhouse, Vancouver

30 October 2019

Eckhardt-Gramatte Hall, Calgary University, Calgary (SS Belgenland and The Oyster Princess)

14 june 2019

NDR, Rolf-Liebermann-Studio, Hamburg, Germany

13 june 2019

NDR, Rolf-Liebermann-Studio, Hamburg, Germany

7 june 2019

Moers Festival, Germany

02 april 2019
CC Diest, Diest, Belgium (SS Belgenland and The Oyster Princess)

22 march 2019
LantarenVenster, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (SS Belgenland and The Oyster Princess)

17 march 2019
EYE, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (The Oyster Princess + Hearsee)

4 December 2018

Auditorio León de Greiff, Universidad Nacional, Bogotá, Colombia

23 June 2016

Ottawa Jazz Festival, Canada

6 May 2016
FilmKunstFest Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schwerin, Germany

2 December 2015

Festival Música Estranha, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

27 December 2015

Festival Música Estranha, São Paulo, Brasil

20 May 2011

Museum of Moving Image, New York, USA

26 November 2010
GC Spikkerelle, Avelgem, Belgium
(The Oyster Princess + FES & Esther Lybeert)

14 December 2010
Muziekgebouw aan het IJ
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2 October 2010
Mac, Birmingham, UK

11 June 2010

The Hague Jazz, The Hague, The Netherlands

4 July 2009

Mégaphone festival, Dijon, France

6 May 2009

Brighton Festival, Brighton, UK

24 March 2009

Le Channel, Calais, France

15 November 2008

Philharmonie Luxembourg, Luxembourg

27 April 2008

Festival de las Artes de Naucalpan, Mexico City, Mexico

26 April 2008

Ecatepec, Mexico City, Mexico

17 April 2008

Chassé Theater, Breda, The Netherlands

9 December 2007

NT Gent, Ghent, Belgium

7 December 2007

NT Gent, Ghent, Belgium

6 October 2007

CC De Schakel, Waregem, Belgium

7 September 2007

Openluchttheater Zuiderpark, Den Haag, The Netherlands

9 July 2007

Verkadefabriek, Den Bosch, The Netherlands

8 July 2007

Opéra de Lille, France

3 February 2007

Grand Theatre, Groningen, The Netherlands

13 December 2006

Vooruit, Ghent, Belgium

12 December 2006

Vooruit, Ghent, Belgium

11 December 2006

Vooruit, Ghent, Belgium

8 December 2006

Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria

12 November 2006

Lantaren-Venster, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

6 November 2006

Vredenburg, Utrecht, The Netherlands

5 November 2006

De Werf, Aalst, Belgium

2 November 2006

JazzFest Berlin, Berlin, Germany

18 October 2006

Buda Kunstencentrum, Kortrijk, Belgium

14 October 2006

Pordenone Silent Film Festival, Italy

6 October 2006

CC Hasselt, Hasselt, Belgium

30 September 2006

Stadsschouwburg Mechelen, Mechelen, Belgium

29 September 2006

De Singel, Antwerp, Belgium

28 September 2006

Stadsschouwburg, Brugge, Belgium

22 September 2006

CC poorthuis, Peer, Belgium

16 September 2006

Flagey, Brussels, Belgium

7 September 2006

Zeeland Nazomer Festival, Middelburg, The Netherlands

5 July 2006

Klinkende Munt, Brussels, Belgium

20 November 2005

Trafó, Budapest, Hungary

18 November 2005

Motives Festival, Genk, Belgium

8 October 2005

KC Vooruit, Ghent, Belgium

7 October 2005

KC Vooruit, Ghent, Belgium (première)