Cinema at the MFA: The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye (2011)
Free with MFA admission, which is only $5 after 5 p.m. on Thursday. Complimentary snacks are available. This summer series spotlights the themes of Shana Moulton: Journeys Out of the Body. This film and post-screening discussion are co-hosted with The Filmme Guild.
The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye (2011), directed by Marie Losier. In 2000, British performance artist and musician Genesis began a series of sex reassignment surgeries in order to more losely resemble his love Lady Jaye (née Jacqueline Breyer), who remained his wife and artistic partner for nearly 15 years. It was the ultimate act of devotion and Genesis’ most subversive performance to date. He changed genders in a triumphant act of artistic self-expression.
Genesis called this project, “Creating the Pandrogyne,” an attempt to deconstruct two individual identities through the creation of an indivisible third. Marie Losier crafts a labyrinthine mise-en-scène of interviews, home movies, and performance footage. The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye documents a truly new brand of Romantic consciousness, conveying beauty, dignity, and devotion from a perspective never before seen on film.