Peter Vermeersch & Flat Earth Society to accompany The Oyster Princess live
06 Sep 2005
On October 7, 2005, Peter Vermeersch will for the first time perform his new soundtrack for The Oyster Princess, a silent film by legendary filmmaker Ernst Lubitsch. This world premier at the Vooruit Arts Centre is a co-production between the npo Bonk, the Festival of Flanders-Ghent & the Historic Cities, the International Film Festival of Flanders, Kunstencentrum Vooruit, Motives Festival Genk, Opéra National de Paris and de Singel.
The Oyster Princess, a so-called "silent" film from 1919, follows a hilarious wedding: the daughter of the fabulously wealthy Oyster King wants to take a prince and only a prince as her husband, but ends up marrying the latter's dim-witted friend, a servant. The film, considered an extravagant satire on the nouveaux riches, is the work of one of the greatest comedy directors of all time: Ernst Lubitsch. The film will feature a live music accompaniment by Peter Vermeersch, one of the founding fathers of the contemporary Belgian music scene. Especially for this occasion, the Ghent composer has written a new score. Peter Vermeersch's newly composed music will be performed live by his Flat Earth Society, a big band consisting of 18 top musicians. The Oyster's Princess with the music af Flat Earth Society and Peter Vermeersch is a coproduction of the npo Bonk, the Festival of Flanders-Ghent & the Historic Cities, the International Film Festival of Flanders, Kunstencentrum Vooruit, Motives Festival Genk, Opéra National de Paris and de Singel. On Friday, October 7, The Oyster Princess will receive its world premier at the Vooruit Arts Centre. A day later, on Saturday, October 8, a second screening will take place at the same venue. This exceptional production will then travel to Budapest (Hungary) and De Singel in Antwerp. In 2006-2007, The Oyster Princess will also be included in the programme of the Opéra de Paris, the prestigious opera under the directorship of Gerard Mortier of Ghent. Tickets for the screening at the Vooruit Arts Centre cost € 10 in advance, and € 12 on the day of the show. Advance ticket sales start on August 3. For tickets, please point your browser to www.vooruit.be or go to the Ticket Office at the Vooruit Arts Centre. Ticket Office, Vooruit Arts Centre, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 23, 9000 Ghent T. 09 267 28 28 F. 09 267 28 38 E. email@example.com Open Tuesday through Friday 11:30 -19:00 / Saturday 15:00 - 18:00