Fri, June 3, 2011, 9:30pm
It’s generally perceived that Genesis P-Orridge, legendary founder of industrial music with such bands as Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV, underwent gender reassignment surgery as part of the ongoing creative project that is her life. The truth is that P-Orridge and partner Lady Jaye sought to experience the unification of their bodies as much as they had their spirits in what they consider to be “one of the great love affairs of all time.”
Director Marie Losier spent five years filming the day-to-day lives of P-Orridge and Jaye and their process to become the same pandrogynous individual. Intricately crafted with an array of experimental techniques and archival material, this intimate and charming film documents the history of the subjects’ creative lives along with their process of physically realizing the idea that bodies are prescribed cultural identities, “the suitcase that carries us around,” and not who we truly are.
Winner of the Teddy Award for best queer documentary at the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival, Ballad is a playful work of intriguing depth as well as a captivating love story full of eccentricity, joy and unceasing devotion. −Wing Grabowski
Northwest Film Center