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 is an award winning visual and performing artist based in New York. Her video-film Widow recently premiered at Lincoln Center’s 2014 “Dance on Camera Festival” and won The Idie Fest’s Award of Excellence in experimental film. Her interdisciplinary performances have been staged in 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. Guyon’s 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), Harriet E. Eagleston Fellowship, and an Artward Bound Residency at the prestigious White Oak Plantation, funded by the Howard Gilman Foundation. Teaching credits include St. John’s University, Parson’s School of Art of Design and Hampshire College-Amherst. Guyon was previously Curatorial Associate at Neue Galerie New York where she designed and wrote the “Schiele and Contemporary Culture” section of the Egon Schiele catalogue raisonné that accompanied the Schiele exhibition. She holds an MFA in painting and art history from Hunter College where she studied with Rosalind Krauss and Robert Morris.