Music soundtrack to the intimate, affecting portrait of the life and work of ground-breaking performance artist and music pioneer Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV) and his other half and collaborator, Lady Jaye, centered around the daring sexual transformations the pair underwent for their “Pandrogyne” project.
Featuring music by Psychic TV, Thee Majesty and his other collaborations. 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. This is a love story, and a portrait of two lives that illustrate the transformative powers of both love and art. Marie Losier brings to us the most intimate details of Genesis’s extraordinary, uncanny world. In warm and intimate images captured handheld, Losier crafts a labyrinthine mise-en-scene of interviews, home movies, and performance footage. The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye documents a truly new brand of Romantic consciousness, one in defiance of the daily dehumanization of the body by the pervasive presence of advertising and pornography, conveying beauty, dignity and devotion from a perspective never before seen on film. www.balladofgenesisandladyjaye.com
The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye has been theatrically released in France (5 markets, several screens in Paris) and will be theatrically released in Germany (10 markets, through the Arsenal) with more international sales pending. In North America, Jeff Lipsky from Adopt Films has acquired all film rights and will be releasing in over 20 markets on March 8th, 2012. Canadian distribution will be operated by Films We Like with plans for a theatrical run in approximately 10 markets.
Mexican release will be operated by the Mexican Cinematheque. Very popular at film festivals around the world in 2011, The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye received the TEDDY AWARD for Best Documentary as well as the following awards:
• Grand Prize Indilisboa
• Caligari (Germany)
• Prix Louis Marcorelles & Prix des Bibliotheques (France) • Audience Award, BAFICI (Argentina) • Artistic Achievement Award, Outfest (USA)
• SANFIC - Special mention (Chile)
• Audience Award - Special mention Festival du Nouveau cinema (Quebec).
1. Unknown Artist - Coucou
2. Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Lady J., Bryin Dall, Alice Genese - I Love You, I Know
3. Psychic TV / PTV3 - BB
4. Psychic TV / PTV3 - I Am Making A Mirror
5. Psychic TV / PTV3 - Milk Baba
6. Genesis Breyer P-Orridge & Bryin Dall - Maybe It Smells Good...Or Bad
7. Psychic TV / PTV3 - Boys Are Girls And Girls Are Boys
8. Thee Majesty - The Truth
9. Thee Majesty - Wisdom
10. Lady Jaye & Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Bryin Dall, Derek Rush - The Final War
11. Genesis Breyer P-Orridge & Derek Rush - Soul Searching
12. Psychic TV - White Nights
13. Psychic TV - Mother Jack ( A Children's Story)
14. Psychic TV / PTV3 - New York Story
15. Psychic TV / PTV3 - Alien Brain
16. Psychic TV / PTV3 - Kiss Me (Maggot Brain)
17. Psychic TV / PTV3 - The Thin Garden
18. Tony Conrad, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge & Edley O'Dowd - Demilitarized Ozone
19. Psychic TV - The Orchids