Ballad of Sexual Dependency


The Tiger Lillies perform a live soundtrack for the Ballad, one continuous piece of music that evolves and underscores the beauty, pain, joy, tragedy and sorrow of relationships and the startling images by Nan Goldin.

The forty five slide show, including over 700 images and a sound track, functions like a film. The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, constantly reedited and updated, began its public life on the club circuit in New York City and has since been shown at museums, galleries, film festivals, and alternative spaces both in the U.S. and abroad.

"This set of photographs works like a film with characters. A story without words, fifty minutes, magnified by the music of The Tiger Lillies, a dark atmosphere of crazed cabaret. Martyn Jacques, made-up face, singing with his husky tenor refrain Sexual Dependency. A fragile moment of grace ..." Le Monde

Running time : 45 minutes (+45 mins of concert)


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  • 2022-03-03 00:00:00 2022-03-03 00:00:00 - Chapel of the Lycée Corneille, Rouen - France
  • 2017-11-30 00:00:00 2017-12-01 00:00:00 - Le Maillon, Strasbourg - France
  • 2017-01-05 00:00:00 2017-01-07 00:00:00 - Cité de la musique -Philharmonie de Paris, Paris - France
  • 2013-11-24 00:00:00 - La Comédie de Clermont, Clermont-Ferrand - France
  • 2012-03-03 00:00:00 - L'Arsenal, Metz - France
  • 2011-04-30 00:00:00 - Blackheath Halls, London - UK


Photography : Nan Goldin
Live music : The Tiger Lillies
with Martyn Jacques, Adrian Stout and Jonas Golland


Quaternaire represents The Tiger Lillies in France and/or worldwide depending on the production.