The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye
A film by Marie Losier
Cycle "ORLAN : Out of the frame
The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, tells the story of artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and his wife and artistic partner, Lady Jaye, who for love decided to merge into a single entity.
A major artist of the New York avant-garde for the past 30 years, considered one of the fathers of industrial music (Coum Transmission, Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV), Genesis has challenged the boundaries of art and biology.
In 2000, Genesis and Lady Jaye started an unprecedented, extreme and subversive body experiment: to become physically similar, using plastic surgery.
"The idea is not to be twins but to be two parts of a new being, a pandrogynous being, (pandrogynous) that would be called "Genesis Breyer P-Orridge".
"Creating the Pandrogyne" is an attempt to deconstruct two individual identities through the creation of a third, indivisible one. For seven years, Marie Losier followed the lives of Genesis and Lady Jaye.
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, artist, performer, musician and writer was born Neil Andrew Megson on February 22, 1950 in Manchester. At the end of the 60's until the beginning of the 70's his work as a performer is organized around pornography, magic, occult sciences. His performances with COUM Transmissions and then with the group Throbbing Gristle were controversial and often caused a scandal. Precursor of industrial music, he is the founder of cult groups at the crossroads of rock and performance art, COUM Transmissions (1969-1976), Throbbing Gristle (1975-1981) and Psychic TV (since 1981). He is a link between the pre- and post-punk era. Consecrated by critics and art historians as one of the fathers of "industrial music", his innovations have contributed to the evolution of Rock and electronic music.
Lady Jaye (Jacqueline Breyer) is the second wife of Genesis Breyer P-Orridge. Jaye was herself a performance artist. Born in New York City in 1969, she received a Catholic upbringing from which she retained a strong interest in religious imagery. A woman of heart, a nurse, a musician and a singer, she also worked extensively with children with incurable diseases or severe disabilities.
The film premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in February 2011, winning the Teddy award and the Caligari prize. The film was awarded the Grand Prize at Indielisboa, the Louis Marcorelles Prize and the Library Prize (Cinéma du Réel) and was released in France, Canada, Mexico, the United States and Germany.
With Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Lady Jaye Breyer, P-Orridge Big Boy (Breyer P-Orridge)
Writer/Director/Image/Camera: Marie Losier
Sound Mixing and Composition : Bryin Dall
Picture editing : Marie Losier- Assistant editor : Marc Vives
Sound editing: Marie Losier
Music : Bryin Dall, PTV 3 and Edward O Dowd and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge
Producers : Martin Marquet, Marie Losier, Steve Holmgren
Marie Losier (born in France, 1972) studied literature at the University of Nanterre (DEA in American literature and poetry) and at the Fine Arts School in New York (MFA/Hunter College), before directing numerous avant-garde, intimate, poetic and playful portraits of filmmakers, musicians and composers such as Alan Vega, the Kuchar brothers, Guy Maddin, Richard Foreman, Tony Conrad and Jackie Raynal.
His films have been presented in prestigious festivals (Cannes, Berlin, Rotterdam, IDFA, Tribeca / New York, CPH:DOX, Bafici / Argentina, Cinéma du Réel, Torino, etc.). But also in museums such as the Tate Modern (London), the MoMA (NYC), the Centre Pompidou, or the Cinémathèque Française (Paris) and the Whitney Museum (NYC).
The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye is her first feature film. In 2013/14, Marie Losier received the prestigious DAAD Residency Award in Berlin and Guggenheim Award to work on her new feature film Cassandro the Exotico! a portrait of the famous Mexican wrestler, Saul Almendariz. The film had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival (ACID) in May 2018, and was released in theaters in France in December 2018.
In 2018, MoMA presented all of her filmic work in a retrospective and acquired her films for its permanent collection.
Marie Losier also had a solo exhibition at the contemporary art gallery, the BBB in Toulouse during Printemps de Septembre in 2018.
And Eric Mangion curated an exhibition with Marie Losier and Pauline Curnier-Jardin at the Ricard Foundation in 2019.
That same year, two retrospectives at the Festival d'Automne at the Jeu de Paume in Paris, and at the Athens Cinematheque saluted her work, and in 2022 it is the Cinématek in Brussels.
Marie Losier is preparing a solo exhibition at Galerie Solar/Vila Do Conde (Portugal) that will open in July 2022.
She is currently working on 3 films: a portrait on the singer/performer, Peaches (Peaches Goes Bananas), a portrait on the musical group The Residents (Behind The Mask) and a musical, Sugar Bomb.
She is represented by the Anne Barrault Gallery, Paris.