The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye

Marie Losier | USA / F 2011 | 75 min. foto

Material: 16mm
Format: DigiBeta
Original language: English

Marie Losier
Editing: Marie Losier
Sound: Bryin Dall

Music: Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Bryin Dall, PTV3

With Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge

Production: Marie Losier

Print/Sales: Cats & Docs

Awards: Teddy Award,Caligari Filmpreis, Berlinale 2011




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 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. They played music together, but their key project—which they named “Pandrogeny”—involved extensive plastic surgery that made the couple resemble each other. Losier’s film captures the poignant paradoxes, the ecstasies and burdens, of the transformation of life into art. – Richard Brody, The New Yorker

Marie’s technique is very revolutionary. With Marie there’s animation and she gets you to wear the most ludicrous costumes and do these bizarre things that at the time you’re doing them you’re thinking, what the hell has this got to do with my life? But when it’s all assembled, it’s like Fellini meets documentary. – Genesis Breyer P-Orridge


Marie Losier, born in 1972 in France. She studied literature at the University of Nanterre and fine art in New York City. She lives in New York, where she works as a filmmaker and curator. She has shown her films and videos at museums, galleries, biennials and festivals.

Films (selection): Chick-chick 2000 | The Passion of Joan of Arc 2002 | Bird, Bath, and Beyond 2003 | The Ontological Cowboy. Eat My Makeup! 2005 | Flying Saucey!  2007 | Jaye Lady Jaye. Snow Beard 2008 | Papal Broken Dance  2009 | Cet Air La 2010 | The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye 2011