Though Eric and I are determined to see both this documentary and Chico Y Rita (an animated film about pre-revolution Cuban jazz musicians), I was having trouble making up my mind which to go to tomorrow. Until this communique arrived. I post it here because 1)It’s basically asking people to spread the word, no? and 2)because I feel it’s a story worth being told, being seen, and I figure maybe people who read this blog may be interested in learning where to see it. So in Genesis’s own words:
You may or may not know that Marie Losier’s wonderful documentary about Lady Jaye ( aka Miss Jackie aka BREYER P-ORRIDGE) and my SELF ( aka BREYER P-ORRIDGE) is screening at the Clearview Chelsea Cinema in New York City
all week until and including Saturday 17th March 2012.
It began in 2003 with Lady Jaye saying s/he wanted our Pandrogeny project documented. Soon after we met Marie Losier and,
once more, it was Lady Jaye who intuited Marie should be the film-maker. As you all know Lady Jaye “dropped her body” in
October 2007. The film became an homage to our love story and Lady Jaye’s dying wish to be remembered as “…one of the great love stories.”
The film has been an amazing hit at Film Festivals worldwide beginning with the Teddy for Best Documentary of the Year at the Berlinale Film Festival last year.
Amazingly, Jeff Lipsky saw the film and decided it needed to be seen by as many people as possible. He put his money where his mouth is and his Adopt Films have chosen to fight for distribution and screenings across the USA and Canada. A LOT depends on how well attended screenings are this week. We realise its already half over BUT we need you to help.
To keep the film showing here, and across the USA thereafter we are requesting that those of you with a mailing list of your own, PLEASE forward this email and all attachments to that list. Ask people to make the effort to go out and see the film. Obviously the New York Area is vital. Which means this week including Saturday.
The film will soon be screened in MINNEAPOLIS, CHICAGO, LOS ANGELES, SAN DIEGO, and PHILADELPHIA during March and April
It may STILL b e screening in the Bay Area too.
It is a miraculous achievement by Marie Losier and all involved and a beauty full memorial to Lady Jaye.
Just read the reviews.
To find out more about exact screen ing dates email Marie Losier or Jeff Lipsky/Adopt Films.
We REALLY hope you can help Lady Jaye get the legacy s/he deserves.
The Ballad of Genesis, Lady Jaye, and the Pandrogyne
By Tanja M. Laden · March 10, 2012
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge
is best known as the godfather of industrial music — specifically, as the founding member of Throbbing Gristle
, Psychic TV
, and Thee Majesty
. But long before DJs and record-collectors sought out his (nowadays) highly-prized vinyl, P-Orridge first established himself as an artist who thrived on challenging the boundary between the sacred and profane — including ejaculating in front of an audience of uptight British art patrons in a performance piece.
A friend of the late William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge was an early practitioner of the “cut-up method,” using sound instead of the written word as raw material. P-Orridge has always been an ever-changing chameleon whose appearance often reflects his current creative process, and lately, he’s been using his own body as a canvas — applying the cut-up method to his very own flesh and blood by undergoing a series of cosmetic surgeries, including breast implants. His daring and provocative project blossomed from his deep love for Jacqueline Breyer, otherwise known as Lady Jaye. Although she was 19 years his junior, Lady Jaye was an old soul who became P-Orridge’s muse, collaborator, and wife — before her untimely passing from natural causes in 2007 at the age of 38.
It’s easy to dismiss P-Orridge’s admittedly strange endeavor as overly weird or extreme. To some, the artist has simply been “turning himself into his late spouse
.” But after seeing the The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye
by filmmaker Marie Losier
, it becomes obvious that this kind of critique of P-Orridge’s long-term project is missing the facts. P-Orridge hasn’t been turning himself into his dead wife. Rather, long before Lady Jaye “left her body,” as P-Orridge says, the two sought to merge themselves into one being, something P-Orridge has termed the “pandrogyne
.” (Watch the Pandrogyne Manifesto
for more about this fascinating concept.)
The depth of P-Orridge’s frightening brand of genius is both difficult to grasp and nearly impossible to describe. Enter The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, a captivating documentary, moving love story, and profile of an artist that boldly examines the consequences of a profound romance and the precarious nature of artistic impulse.
After the film’s official trailer, check out Genesis Breyer P-Orridge’s memorial to Lady Jaye, and a video illustrating the Breyer P-Orridge Pandrogeny Cube
. Photos from the Breyer P-Orridge family album follow, with captions via The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye official website
THE BALLAD OF GENESIS AND LADY JAYE
“****. Enthralling. Losier has made a quietly revolutionary work that treats a pair of people on the fringes with the decency all humans deserve.” – Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
“In the early nineties, the industrial-rock pioneer Genesis P-Orridge, of the bands Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV, came to New York, where he met and married a young dominatrix who called herself Lady Jaye. Their romantic and artistic partnership is depicted—tenderly, unstintingly, and in surprisingly intimate detail—by the director Marie Losier, who spent plenty of time in their company and unfurls the remarkable range of their activity, in public and in private. The couple played music together, but their key project—which they named “Pandrogeny”—involved extensive plastic surgery that made them resemble each other (P-Orridge even got breast implants). The dual portrait, using home movies, archival footage, Losier’s own ecstatic images, plenty of the bands’ music, and extensive interviews with P-Orridge (Lady Jaye died in 2007), brings some amazing stories to light, such as the older artist’s public art scandals of the mid-seventies and his crucial association with William Burroughs and Brion Gysin. P-Orridge is revealed as an innate artist who inflects and illuminates every aspect of existence, high and low, exalted and humble, with a singular sensibility; Losier’s film captures the poignant paradoxes, the ecstasies and burdens, of the transformation of life into art.” —Richard Brody, The New Yorker Magazine
“There’s another recent film—one that has been shown in festivals and about town but is still awaiting theatrical release (which is said to be coming next year), Marie Losier’s “The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye”—that faces this subject (the radical reaches of plastic surgery blend with the realm of art) with an extraordinary imaginative sympathy. Emotionally, it begins where Almodóvar’s film ends.”
-Richard Brody, The New Yorker Magazine
“An artistic exploration of innate beauty versus artificial, and the performative processes that connect the two.”
-Karina Longworth, LA Weekly
“A kaleidoscopic portrait not only of a punk-era iconoclast but of the transformative powers—both literal and figurative—of love. Lady Gaga has nothing on Genesis Breyer P-Orridge!”
-Steve Dollar, Wall St. Journal
“Ozzie and Harriet meets Sid and Nancy.”
-Michael Musto, Village Voice
“An intensely affecting portrait of the relationship between Genesis P-Orridge, one of the most influential figures in underground industrial music, and his collaborator and muse, the late Lady Jaye, “The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye” is hitting theaters just over a year after it won the Teddy Award for best documentary at the 2011 Berlinale. The film centers around the sexual transformations the noted pair underwent for their ‘Pandrogyne’ project (in which they underwent surgeries to more closely resemble each other).” – Peter Knegt, Indiewire
“A-. Here’s some background: Once upon a time, the onetime San Franciscan Genesis P-Orridge, frontman of proto-industrial noise outfit Throbbing Gristle, fell in love with a pretty young dominatrix called Lady Jaye. Their partnership was a charmed accumulation of poignant whimsy and unbridled creativity; eventually, maybe inevitably, it involved an ultimate consummation, the “Creating the Pandrogyne” project, in which the soul mates underwent plastic surgery to more closely resemble each other. When Lady Jaye died in 2007, or “dropped her body,” as Genesis nicely puts it, hearts were broken but the spell was not. Appropriately enough, Losier’s crazy-quilt of home-movie and performance footage (including a mesmerizing 1981 Kezar Pavilion show) seems giddily undomesticated. Reveling unaplogetically in the self-exploratory artfulness of bohemian East Village chic, this is simply one sincere and affecting answer to the question of how to really live and love like an artist.” – Jonathan Kiefer, San Francisco Magazine, March 2012
“It’s terrific. An equally touching and shocking tale of two lovers who weren’t merely satisfied with being together – they also wanted to be each other.”
-Jim Harrington, Oakland Tribune/San Jose Mercury News
“Marie Losier’s provocative and almost unbearably intimate new doc The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye stands on its own as a singular piece of filmmaking.”
-David Lamble, SF Bay Area Reporter
“Marie Losier’s delicate filmic collage of an artist as an elder pandrogene is full of whimsy and surprise.”
-Nicole Gluckstern, San Francisco Bay Guardian
“S/HE IS (STILL) HER/E” New TOPI Proverb.
DEDICATED TO THEE MEMORY OF MY GUARDIAN ANGEL
LADY JAYE BREYER P-ORRIDGE 1969-2007
So, there’s the information on that, I don’t have an email list really, but I do have this blog, so, with permission, it’s a forward here. Anyone who’s interested in the work of Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, or in pandrogyne/pansexual/gender related stuff, or in love stories with twice the passion and none of the conventionality of your typical Hollywood rom-com (hey, you made it here, didn’t you?)check this out, or pass along the info to anyone who may be interested!