Love can devour, enrapture, overtake and consume you, and while those are usually sentiments left to emotional descriptions of a relationship, the forthcoming documentary “The Ballad Of Genesis And Lady Jaye” finds the passion between a couple going to bizarre and oddly touching physical realms.
The documentary follows Genesis P-Orridge, Throbbing Gristle member and Psychic TV founder whose relationship to his partner Lady Jaye goes in directions that pushes more boundaries than anything he created musically. Starting in 2000, he began a number of sex change operations in order to more closely resemble Jaye, but that’s not all. The act itself became a giant performance piece of sorts called “Creating the Pandrogyne” in which Geneis and Jaye gave up their own identities to create what they called a third identity. It’s the kind of gender theory stuff we remember reading circa university/college but made very, very real.
This one has been doing the festival circuit for the past year but will land in an arthouse near you on March 8, 2012, and it’s worth checking out. It’s a quirky, odd little doc that will definitely be unlike anything else you’ll see. Trailer below. [Apple]