In the early 1990s, performance artist and musician Genesis P-Orridge and his wife, Lady Jaye, began the most ambitious artistic project of their lives. Their incredible goal was to create from themselves a single personality called Breyer P-Orridge. They pursued it with such undying commitment that by 2000, each of them began to have plastic surgery to look more like the other.
This decidedly unorthodox love affair and art project, which ended in 2007 when Lady Jaye died from stomach cancer, is the subject of Marie Losier’s radical documentary “The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye.” The film will screen at 7 p.m. Friday in Squeaky Wheel (712 Main St.) and will include a Q&A with Losier, via Skype.
“With Marie there’s animation and she gets you to wear the most ludicrous costumes and do these bizarre things that at the time you’re doing them you’re thinking, what the hell has this got to do with my life? But when it’s all assembled, it’s like Fellini meets documentary. It’s a very new, radical way of making documentaries, and quite honestly, we think that what Marie does and the way she does it will be the template for the future,” P-Orridge said.
Tickets are $5 to $7. Call 884-7172 or visit squeaky.org.
– Colin Dabkowski