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QDoc Friday film review: ‘The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye’

Nothing says I love you, like surgically adopting your lover's face.

The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye is a film by Marie Losier chronicling the relationship of Genesis P-Orridge and his wife Lady Jaye. Genesis took part in forming Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV, and kickstarting the industrial movement. Lady Jaye was his love and collaborator. Epic romance and art were among their accomplishments… so was looking alike. Man, if you think you and your partner are codependent, check these two out! They met in a fetish dungeon, and spent years having plastic surgery to look more like one another. Basically, their one-ification was their gay baby.

Lady Jaye died a while ago, and her presence is a bit lacking in the movie. Genesis sometimes mumbles a little too much, referring to who knows what. It’s weird, I like that, but it doesn’t form any sort of linear picture or message. I was happy to sit through all of it, but a bit more editing could have made this piece tight and more understandable.

I think you should see this. It’s quirky, like a half drunk wandering chicken. I can be down with that chicken for a while. I just don’t think I’ll get a nose job to have that “beak” experience.

Allison wanted me to use the word homo-normative, so I will. The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye is in no way homo-normative. It’s codependent-formulative.

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The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye plays Friday June 3rd at 9:30p at the Clinton St Theater (2522 SE Clinton St)

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