Toronto readers, listen up! Marie Losier’s ‘The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye’ is screening at the TIFF Bell Lightbox this weekend and director Marie Losier will be in attendance for a Q&A! I’ve yet to see the film myself, but I’ve heard great things. Have a look at the trailer embedded above and you’ll see it’s a unique, romantic story told through some remarkable stock footage and candid interviews. Here’s the synopsis:
Genesis P-Orridge has been one of the most innovative and influential figures in music and fine art for the last 30 years. A link between the pre- and post-punk eras, he is the founder of the legendary groups COUM Transmissions (1969-1976), Throbbing Gristle (1975-1981), and Psychic TV (1981 to present), all of which merged performance art with rock music. Celebrated by critics and art historians as a progenitor of “industrial music”, his innovations have transformed the character of rock and electronic music while his prodigious efforts to expand the boundaries of live performance have radically altered the way people experience sound in a concert setting.
But that’s just the preamble to the story. Defying artistic boundaries, Genesis has re-defined his art as a challenge to the limits of biology. In 2000, Genesis began a series of surgeries in order to more closely resemble his love, Lady Jaye (née Jacqueline Breyer), who remained his 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. Genesis called this project “Creating the Pandrogyne”. Influenced, like so much of Genesis’ work, by Brion Gysin and William Burroughs’ Cut Ups, it was an attempt to deconstruct two individual identities through the creation of an indivisible third.
‘The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye’ opens this Friday at the TIFF Bell Lightbox and features a Q&A with director Marie Losier following the 8:45pm screenings this Friday (March 16th) and Saturday (March 17th). Visit the TIFF Bell Lightbox website for to purchase tickets.