The Ballad of Genesis, Lady Jaye, and the Pandrogyne

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge is best known as the godfather of industrial music — specifically, as the founding member of Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV, and Thee Majesty. But long before DJs and record-collectors sought out his (nowadays) highly-prized vinyl, P-Orridge first established himself as an artist who thrived on challenging the boundary between the sacred and profane — including ejaculating in front of an audience of uptight British art patrons in a performance piece.

A friend of the late William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge was an early practitioner of the “cut-up method,” using sound instead of the written word as raw material. P-Orridge has always been an ever-changing chameleon whose appearance often reflects his current creative process, and lately, he’s been using his own body as a canvas — applying the cut-up method to his very own flesh and blood by undergoing a series of cosmetic surgeries, including breast implants. His daring and provocative project blossomed from his deep love for Jacqueline Breyer, otherwise known as Lady Jaye. Although she was 19 years his junior, Lady Jaye was an old soul who became P-Orridge’s muse, collaborator, and wife — before her untimely passing from natural causes in 2007 at the age of 38.

It’s easy to dismiss P-Orridge’s admittedly strange endeavor as overly weird or extreme. To some, the artist has simply been “turning himself into his late spouse.” But after seeing the The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye by filmmaker Marie Losier, it becomes obvious that this kind of critique of P-Orridge’s long-term project is missing the facts. P-Orridge hasn’t been turning himself into his dead wife. Rather, long before Lady Jaye “left her body,” as P-Orridge says, the two sought to merge themselves into one being, something P-Orridge has termed the “pandrogyne.” (Watch the Pandrogyne Manifesto for more about this fascinating concept.)

The depth of P-Orridge’s frightening brand of genius is both difficult to grasp and nearly impossible to describe. Enter The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, a captivating documentary, moving love story, and profile of an artist that boldly examines the consequences of a profound romance and the precarious nature of artistic impulse.

After the film’s official trailer, check out Genesis Breyer P-Orridge’s memorial to Lady Jaye, and a video illustrating the Breyer P-Orridge Pandrogeny Cube. Photos from the Breyer P-Orridge family album follow, with captions via The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye official website.

Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge Memorial from genesis breyer p-orridge on Vimeo.

Breyer P-Orridge | Pandrogeny Cube from INVISIBLE-EXPORTS on Vimeo.


“Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge enjoys an ‘angelic’ moment; she is one half of the eponymously titled documentary by Marie Losier, The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, an Adopt Films release.”


“A collage of Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, and Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge (again!), the subjects of Marie Losier’s award-winning documentary, The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, an Adopt Films release.”


“Two people in love, Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge and ’70s UK industrial music pioneer Genesis Breyer P-Orridge — the subjects of Marie Losier’s award-winning documentary, The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, an Adopt Films release.”


“A family tableau as Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge (l) poses with Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (r) and her two daughters Caresse and Genesse, a photograph from Marie Losier’s award-winning documentary, The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, an Adopt Films release.”


“Remembrance of things past: Genesis Breyer P-Orridge stands alone during his tenure with the band Throbbing Gristle, a pivotal time in a life, and an important chapter in Marie Losier’s award-winning documentary, The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, an Adopt Films release.”


“Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and his daughter Caresse pose for the camera in a scene from Marie Losier’s award-winning documentary, The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, an Adopt Films release.”


“A photo booth composite of a very boyish Genesis Breyer P-Orridge in his primary school days appears in Marie Losier’s award-winning documentary, The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, an Adopt Films release.”


“Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge look to the heavens in a scene from Marie Losier’s award-winning documentary, The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, an Adopt Films release.”


“Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge gets artsy, a staged bit of nostalgia in Marie Losier’s award-winning documentary, The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, an Adopt Films release.”


“Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, almost always in front of a lens, enjoy the sights in a peripatetic moment from Marie Losier’s award-winning documentary, The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, an Adopt Films release.”


“Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge glams it up a bit, a moment of grand artistry in Marie Losier’s award-winning documentary, The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, an Adopt Films release.”


“Genesis Breyer P-Orridge can be pensive on occasion too, a transitional moment in a documentary about transitioning, Marie Losier’s award-winning The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, an Adopt Films release.”


“Genesis Breyer P-Orridge bonds with her daughters, Caresse and Genesse, a family pastiche from Marie Losier’s award-winning documentary, The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, an Adopt Films release.”


“A moment of sheer bliss between Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge, the central figures in Marie Losier’s award-winning documentary, The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, an Adopt Films release.”