My work explores the relationship between the divine and the temporal through movement-based performance made for stage, chosen sites and new media. Each piece is comprised of a slowly shifting tableau of stage pictures that express loss, yearning and hope from a personal, often autobiographical, perspective. From this intimate place comes my search to give form to spirituality, stillness and an absolute beauty. My goal is to make the mystical perceptible through the unfolding of an interior landscape.
Jil Guyon’s multi-disciplinary performances have been staged in theaters and festivals throughout Austria, Germany, Japan, Canada and the U.S., as well as at various site-specific locations, from New York City’s landmark nightclub Webster Hall to a monastery crypt. Her collaborative work includes appearances alongside Kiki Smith and Alvin Curran in Joan Jonas’s Variations on a Scene at “The Wave Hill Dancescape” in Riverdale, NY, and as a guest artist in Noemie Lafrance’s Agora II at the McCarren Park pool in Brooklyn. Film credits include Eyes, Nose, Mouth directed by Noemie LaFrance, Tales of Creation directed by Bob DeNatale, and H.U.G., by Julie Troost. She is also a regular performer with the satirical butoh group “Celeste Hastings and The Butoh Rockettes.” Guyon’s critically acclaimed multimedia theater piece, At the Borders of Eternity, based on The Diary of Anne Frank, starred celebrated German actress Elfriede Irrall and was featured on ORF television (Austria). It is currently part of the collection of the Kulturarchiv in Vienna and was the first theatrical work granted exclusive use of the diary.
Jil Guyon is a recipient of the Magistrat der Stadt Wien Award (Austria,) and an Artward Bound Residency at the prestigious White Oak Plantation, funded by the Howard Gilman Foundation. She holds an MFA in painting and art history from Hunter College where she studied with Rosalind Krauss and Robert Morris.