Performance

Desert Widow (performance excerpt) from Jil Guyon on Vimeo.

Desert Widow (performance excerpt) – work in progress

Created and performed by Jil Guyon
Cinematography: Valerie Barnes
Music: Mihoko Suzuki, Krzysztof Penderecki, Stevie Wonder
Outside eye: Michael Freeman

Performed at Abrons Art Center, NYC, 2016


Borders of Eternity/Diary of Anne Frank – Excerpts from Jil Guyon on Vimeo.

At the Borders of Eternity (The Diary of Anne Frank), excerpts

Direction, Video, and Costume: Jil Guyon
Choreography: Jil Guyon with Katie Layton
Actress: Elfriede Irrall
Dance: Katie Layton, Ballet Conservatorium of Vienna
Lighting Design: Andreas Ryba
Staged at WUK, Vienna, Austria

At the Borders of Eternity is an interdisciplinary dance-theater work based on The Diary of Anne Frank. The actress, Elfriede Irrall, appears not only as an historical representation of Anne Frank, but as who she could have been had she lived. Irrall is possessed by the Diary, functioning as a vessel through which the text speaks. But she is also Anne Frank herself, a girl at the end of her life, tired and fragile, yet possessing an inner strength and perception of one who has lived a full life.


Borders of Eternity/Diary of Anne Frank – Scene 1 from Jil Guyon on Vimeo.

At the Borders of Eternity (The Diary of Anne Frank), Scene 1

Direction, Video, and Costume: Jil Guyon
Choreography: Jil Guyon with Katie Layton
Actress: Elfriede Irrall
Dance: Katie Layton, Ballet Conservatorium of Vienna
Lighting Design: Andreas Ryba
Staged at WUK, Vienna, Austria

At the Borders of Eternity is an interdisciplinary dance-theater work based on The Diary of Anne Frank. The actress, Elfriede Irrall, appears not only as an historical representation of Anne Frank, but as who she could have been had she lived. Irrall is possessed by the Diary, functioning as a vessel through which the text speaks. But she is also Anne Frank herself, a girl at the end of her life, tired and fragile, yet possessing an inner strength and perception of one who has lived a full life.


Mysterium (excerpts) from Jil Guyon on Vimeo.

Mysterium (excerpts)
Created and performed by Jil Guyon

Girl: Myah Segura
Lighting Design: Andrew Lu
Music: Luigi Nono, Alain Presencer, Massive Attack

In Mysterium, a stage covered with red velvet is the setting for a performance-ritual that combines movement, music, sound, ashes, and fog. The performance features a young girl in a white dress lying at center stage. Around her a woman performs a series of gestures with a shamanistic intensity. The woman’s physical presence ranges from gracious to grotesque in contrast to the girl’s eerie stillness. Simultaneously primordial and apocalyptic in its otherworldliness, Mysterium is a richly textured, slowly shifting visual landscape evocative of innocence, pain, sacrifice and hope.


Burning Prayers (excerpts) from Jil Guyon on Vimeo.

Burning Prayers (excerpts)
Direction, Video, and Costume: Jil Guyon
Choreography and Dance: Eugene van den Boom
Lighting Design: Andreas Ryba

In Burning Prayers the traditional African American spiritual and its concern with the struggle and transience of life serves as the central theme around which video projection and live performance are constructed. The structure of the performance evening consists of a series of recordings wherein each song is presented as a complete performance unto itself. These spirituals, which convert a life of oppression into a rich language of deep emotion, are given further voice through their interplay with video and live solo-performance.


Litany for the Animals from Jil Guyon on Vimeo.

Litany for the Animals (excerpts)
An opera in 3 acts

Written and composed by Mihoko Suzuki
Stage Direction: Jil Guyon
Costume: Yahya Marzi
Protagonist: Lauri Shemaria
Singers: Karen Andersen, Melissa Fathman, Heather Laurel, Rebecca Salazar, Joyce Tannin, Mathew Bender, Jung-Hye Hyun, Ikuko Suzuki
Performed at Washington Square Church, New York City