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The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye (2012)



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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, Throbbing Gristle, and Psychic TV, all of which merged performance art with rock music. But that's just the preamble to the story. Defying artistic boundaries, Genesis has redefined his art as a challenge to the limits of biology. In 2000, Genesis began a series of sex reassignment surgeries in order to more closely resemble his love, Lady Jaye. 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. This is a love story, and a portrait of two lives that illustrate the transformative powers of both love and art. -- (C) Official Sitemore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Charlotte Mangin
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On DVD: Oct 30, 2012
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Lady Jaye
as Lady Jaye
Genesis P-Orridge
as Genesis P-Orridge
Breye "Big Boy" P-Or...
as Breye "Big Boy" P-Or...
Tony Conrad
as Tony Conrad
Caleigh Fisher
as Caleigh Fisher
Gibby Haynes
as Gibby Haynes
Clyde Magid
as Clyde Magid
Marti Domination
as Marti Domination
Caresse P-Orridge Ba...
as Caresse P-Orridge Ba...
Genesse P-Orridge
as Genesse P-Orridge
Lili Chopra
as Lili Chopra
as Peaches
Lady Jaye Breyer P'O...
as Lady Jaye Breyer P'O...
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Critic Reviews for The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (13)

This edgy documentary manages to tell an affecting love story even as it ventures into the cultish, transgressive world of underground music.

Full Review… | May 16, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The film takes the viewer not just into the world of Genesis and Lady Jaye, but somehow, as a true ballad should, into their hearts.

Full Review… | April 12, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

How often do we tell our lovers that we feel at one with them, that we want to emulate their best qualities? Here we see an amazing couple who take that ego-obliterating infatuation to its logical conclusion.

Full Review… | April 6, 2012
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

A frustrating if fitfully fascinating documentary about the singer, writer and performance artist known as Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and his wife, Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge.

Full Review… | March 23, 2012
Washington Post
Top Critic

This is a manic, overmedicated, and remembered elegy. It's also private, personal, and obscure, a ballad meant more for its subjects' eyes and ears than ours.

Full Review… | March 22, 2012
Boston Globe
Top Critic

It's rare for a documentary style to match its subject so ideally.

Full Review… | March 16, 2012
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye

I admit that in part, my lower rating is attributable to the fact that I don't know really what the two ladies were out to express. The documentary flounders by not rooting us in the cultural reaction to their work and takes up far too much time showing footage of them goofing around for the sake of expression.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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