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Incorporating collage techniques is common in modern art, from literature to movies. But using cut-ups in his music wasn’t enough for Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV frontman Genesis P-Orridge and his wife, Lady Jaye. They also became living art. Known together as Breyer P-Orridge, the two underwent body-modification surgeries to become as alike as possible, leaving their binary genders behind for a pandrogynous blend. Marie Losier’s documentary The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye follows their transformation, which came to a tragic end when Lady Jaye died in 2007, a victim of stomach cancer. The film uses collage elements to tell the couple’s story, but ultimately their tale isn’t about art—it’s about the most encompassing, passionate, and dedicated kind of love a human can experience. As P-Orridge says in the movie, “There’s this moment where you just want to consume each other, and not be individuals anymore.”
The film shows all week at E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. $11. (202) 452-7672. See our showtimes page for times.