SHORTS

The shorts below are spinoffs of a video tetralogy entitled Widow. The original works feature the Widow character as a lone figure driven into an unexpected environment wearing a black dress, heels, and unfurling belt. The historical, symbolic, and emotional energies of each location she inhabits informs her movement to offer a distinctive view on a set of themes and abstractions ranging from female identity to grief.

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HEAT WAVE HALLUCINATION, 2018
Created and performed by Jil Guyon

Original Score: Chris Becker
Electronics and percussion: SPIKE the Percussionist
Additional sounds: Chris Becker
Camera: Valerie Barnes

Heat Wave Hallucination is a kaleidoscopic self-portrait that transports the viewer into a world of vibrant, psychedelic colors and hypnotic sound.

 

 

 

VIGIL, 2017
Created and performed by Jil Guyon

Cinematography: Valerie Barnes

Vigil features a nameless woman wearing a black dress slowly crossing an undefined, stark landscape. Extending from her belt, a trail of cloth symbolic of her mourning blows in the wind as she moves through a deserted space offering no markers of time or place. Her stillness combines with electronic sound, inviting the spectator to drift with her through a quasi-apocalyptic world.

GRIEF, 2016
Created and performed by Jil Guyon

Cinematography: Valerie Barnes

HOMMAGE, 2015
Created and performed by Jil Guyon

Cinematography: Valerie Barnes
Voiceover: Interview with David Lynch, “Shooting in Digital”

TRAILERS

The trailers below belong to a cinematic video tetralogy entitled Widow. Each work features the Widow character as a lone figure driven into an unexpected environment wearing a black dress, heels, and unfurling belt. The historical, symbolic, and emotional energies of each location she inhabits informs her movement to offer a distinctive view on a set of themes and abstractions ranging from female identity to grief.

Locations include: 3-Legged Dog Center for Art and Technology, the Utah Salt Flats, Times Square, and a volcanic rock quarry in southern Iceland (in process).

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WIDOW | GHOSTS (trailer), 2017
Created and performed by Jil Guyon

Cinematography: Valerie Barnes
Original score: Chris Becker

In Widow|Ghosts an enigmatic woman emerges in a Times Square plaza as a dream-like presence reminiscent of a mid-twentieth century film. As she approaches the camera, both she and the surrounding crowd slowly fade in and out of focus. Past and present merge in a reflection on the transience of life.

DESERT WIDOW (trailer), 2015
Created and performed by Jil Guyon

Cinematography: Valerie Barnes
Original Score: Mihoko Suzuki
Cello: John Popham
Piano: Mihoko Suzuki
Sound Design: Timothy Cramer

Desert Widow is part performance documentation, part photographic cinematography. It features a woman crossing a vast, otherworldly landscape. As she traverses the shifting tableau of desert topography she performs a sequence of actions. Day and night converge, as do land and water, creating a subtle yet dramatic interplay between light, movement, music, silence, and stillness. Through this melding of the pictorial with the performative, “Desert Widow” is a mediation on loss and renewal.

WIDOW_remix (trailer), 2016

Created and performed by Jil Guyon
Vocals: Helga Davis
Original Score: Chris Becker
Cinematography: Valerie Barnes

WIDOW_remix is a re-make of a solo, movement-based performance video entitled Widow. Exploring the intersection of domesticity and femininity, the work traces the actions of a woman absorbed within a claustrophobic, futuristic space as she confronts past trauma and a precarious future. With its chaotic edit, the film abandons the choreographic structure of the original live performance, inviting the viewer to merge with the protagonist’s unrestrained, emotive experience hovering on the edge of pleasure and pain.

WIDOW (trailer), 2013
Created and performed by Jil Guyon

Cinematography: Valerie Barnes
Original Score: Chris Becker
Electronics and percussion: SPIKE the percussionist
Vocals: Lainie Diamond
Breaths: Alexandra Marculewicz Adshead

Widow is based on a live performance that depicts the unraveling of one woman’s interior world. The mystery of her psychological condition is gradually revealed through suspenseful stillness, sharp gestures and emotional extremes. Precisely choreographed movement merges with layered costume, music, sound, and silence to map a surreal realm of struggle and loss.

LIVE PERFORMANCE

WIDOW | Excerpts from a 3 hour durational performance-installation

Created and performed by Jil Guyon
Original Score: Chris Becker
Song: “I Know” by David Lynch

Glasshouse ArtLifeLab, Neo-Domesticity Performance Art Festival, Brooklyn, NY, 2017

Widow is a 3 hour solo, movement-based performance-installation. Confined within a hazy, white room, I embody a woman who struggles for psychic integration in the face of grief. The audience is invited to sit or stand anywhere within the space as I engage in a subtle energetic exchange with each spectator.

DESERT WIDOW (performance excerpt) – work in progress

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

Abrons Art Center, NYC, 2016

Desert Widow combines solo, movement-based performance with video projection, chamber music, and digitally manipulated sound. The piece features a woman wearing a black dress, heels and unfurling belt approaching the audience with an unsettling, concentrated force. Archetypal subtexts that hover over the work – the movie star; the femme fatale; the survivor; the lonely wanderer – haunt the performance space. In so doing the theater becomes a symbolic arena for the investigation of the feminine as a declaration of self in the wake of loss.

LITANY FOR THE ANIMALS (excerpts)
An opera in 3 acts

Written and composed by Mihoko Suzuki
Staging and Visual 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

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 so much as an historical representation of Anne Frank, but as a vessel through which the diary speaks. She embodies 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)

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)

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.