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Exploring Gender and Voodoo

Transcending assumptions of what it means to be gendered

9/6/2017, 1:51 p.m.
“Bight of the Twin,” a visual and musical documentary, tells the story of musician and artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and ...
‘Bight of the Twin,’ a documentary that takes viewers to the west African nation of Benin to explore the origins of the Voodoo religion, and where friends and collaborators Hazel Hill McCarthy III and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge explore the relationship between Voodoo and Western secular art and performance.

Transcending assumptions of what it means to be gendered, “Bight of the Twin,” a visual and musical documentary, tells the story of musician and artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and filmmaker Hazel Hill McCarthy III’s journey to the west African nation of Benin to explore the origins of Voodoo.

Orridge and his/her late wife Lady Jaye underwent a series of surgical procedures to become physically identical to one another, seeking to perfect a gender-neutral state. In Benin, twins carry sacred meaning and are venerated as gods.

The NW Film Center presents the movie as part of Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s month long “TBA 17” festival, on Friday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. in the Whitsell Auditorium, located in the Portland Art Museum, downtown.

Tickets are $9 general and $8 for students and seniors. For more information, visit nwfilm.org.