The Ballad of Genesis And Lady Jaye

Genesis P-Orridge has been one of the most innovative, influential figures in music and fine art for the last 30 years. A link between the pre- and post-punk eras, she’s the founder of the legendary groups Throbbing Gristle, and Psychic TV (both of which merged performance art with rock music), is considered to be one of the creators of industrial music, and is also a pioneer of acid house and techno. But that’s just the preamble; Genesis has also used her position at the limits of society to challenge the very fundamentals of biology. In 2000, Genesis began a series of surgeries in order to more closely resemble his love, Lady Jaye, who remained her other half and artistic partner for nearly 15 years. It was the ultimate act of devotion, and Genesis’s most risky, ambitious, and subversive performance to date: he became a she in a triumphant act of artistic self-expression dubbed “Creating the Pandrogyne”. Tragically, Lady Jaye died in 2007, leaving Genesis devastated, though resilient. Since then, he has ceaseless pursued his physical ideal: a perfect mirror of Lady Jaye’s incomparable beauty. In The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, director Marie Losier crafts a labyrinthine portrait of Genesis through interviews, home movies, and performance footage — and documents a truly new brand of Romantic consciousness from a perspective never before seen on film. The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye producer Martin Marquet will be here for a Q&A after the film!
Dir. Marie Losier, 2011, HDCAM, 70 min.

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