Synopsis by Mark Deming
Genesis P-Orridge is an infamous figure in the international music and art communities; he earned both acclaim and controversy with his work as part of the British art collective COUM Transmissions in the mid-'70s, was a founding member of the experimental rock band Throbbing Gristle, and was a pioneering figure in industrial and electronic music with his later ensemble Psychic TV. But P-Orridge himself became one of his own most-notable art projects when, after relocating to the United States, he met Jacqueline Breyer in 1993. P-Orridge and Breyer feel deeply in love and became constant companions and collaborators, so much so that he became fascinated with the notion of fusing their identities. The two began extensive rounds of plastic surgery so they would look nearly identical, with P-Orridge getting breast implants so his figure would more closely resemble hers. Filmmaker Marie Losier explores Genesis P-Orridge's life and career, as well as his relationship with Breyer, in the documentary The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye. The film was an official selection at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival, where it received the Teddy Award for best LBGT-themed documentary.
industrial-music, music, partner, plastic-surgery, relationship, self-expression, transformation