Just returned home from seeing one of the Tribeca Film Fest screenings of The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, the debut full-length film from experimental filmmaker Marie Losier.
All at once moving, inspiring, humorous, odd, honest, jarring, raw, and alive, The Ballad of Genesis… was the realization of Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and his life partner, Lady Jaye Breyer, a couple who dedicated their lives to becoming one singular entity (via means both mental and physical)…. the ultimate performance art project, if you will.
Apparently Jaye told Genesis that she wanted a film to be made that documented their love story, and sadly, Lady Jaye passed away before she was able to see her wish realized on celluloid (RIP).
But the film is a moving testimony to true love, complete dedication to one’s art, and living life with passion. There wasn’t a moment that I wasn’t enraptured with what was flickering across my eyes, and it was amazing to get a glimpse of the public AND private life of one of my favorite musical innovators (please, get thee to a Wikipedia or something if you’re not familiar with Genesis’ work, ok?!?).
To be honest, I was kind of overwhelmed when I left with my friends after the screening. I felt inspired, exhilarated, drained, and ALIVE, but we all noticed that the mood leaving the theater was very somber… we had literally witnessed the long and winding road of an intense, deep love affair and partnership that some may say ended quite tragically.
However, Genesis was in the audience for our screening (!) and spoke to the audience afterwards, and told us that he feels Jaye with him all of the time, and that she seemingly guides all of his moves each and every day (and I tend to agree with him, IMHO— true love never dies).
As I was telling my friend Enrique, I feel like Jaye and Genesis are teaching lessons that many of us need to learn — they’re really living and squeezing every single fucking drop out of life, loving someone ‘til it literally hurts, and showing that the human condition is more aligned than we ever thought.
Though Gen and Jaye may have lived a life together that few may truly understand/comprehend, I think that anyone can easily feel the overwhelming joyful emotion of a pair of individuals lucky enough to find each other in this world, and the ultimate bravery it must take to live honestly and to be true to one’s self.