Jil Guyon is an award winning visual and performing artist currently living in New York City. Her solo, movement-based works created for stage, chosen sites, and new media use autobiography as the conceptual departure point for the exploration of loss, catharsis, and transcendence.
Guyon’s performance-videos have screened at Lincoln Center’s “Dance on Camera Festival,” “Cinedanse Quebec,” “Fashion Art Toronto,” “Women and Fashion FilmFEST” (Best Experimental Film) at Symphony Space, and “NOW New Music Festival,” among others. As part of the “Toronto Urban Film Festival” curated by filmmaker Guy Maddin, her performance-video, Widow, was seen throughout the Toronto mass transit system, averaging over 2 million riders/viewers per day. Guyon’s 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. 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 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 Lumiere prize (Canada) nominee, and a recipient of the IndieFEST and Global Shorts Award for Excellence in experimental film, an Accolade Award in experimental film, the Magistrat der Stadt Wien Award (Austria), Harriet E. Eagleston Fellowship, and an Artward Bound Residency at 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 exhibition. She holds an MFA in painting and art history from Hunter College where she studied with Rosalind Krauss and Robert Morris.