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Photo: Adrian Buckmaster, 2021

Jil Guyon is a visual artist and performer whose solo, theatrical experiments for stage, chosen sites, and new media use image-based movement to excavate the darker regions of the female psyche. 


Her productions have been presented at theaters, cinemas, museums, galleries, and concert halls worldwide, including Lincoln Center’s Dance on Camera Festival; Queens Museum; Symphony Space; Cinedanse Quebec; the San Francisco Dance Film Festival; and the Academy Award qualifying, Ann Arbor Film Festival, among others.


As part of the Toronto Urban Film Festival, curated by filmmaker Guy Maddin, her performance-video, Widow, was screened throughout the Toronto mass transit system, averaging over 2 million viewers per day.


Guyon's critically acclaimed multimedia dance-theater piece, At the Borders of Eternity, based on The Diary of Anne Frank, was the first theatrical work granted exclusive use of the diary, and was televised on ORF/Austria. The recording resides in the Kulturarchiv Wein.


She has collaborated and performed with a diverse range of artists, including video/performance pioneer, Joan Jonas; choreographer, Noemie Lafrance; vocalist, Helga Davis; singer/songwriter, Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls); and the satirical butoh group, Celeste Hastings and The Butoh Rockettes.

Jil Guyon is a Lumiere prize (Canada) nominee, and a recipient of numerous awards in experimental film.


She 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.


Jil Guyon holds an MFA in painting and art history from Hunter College where she studied with Rosalind Krauss and Robert Morris.



  • Hollywood Gold Award in Experimental Film, CA, 2020

  • Rome Prisma Film Awards, Italy, 2020

  • Finalist Award, 3 Minute Film Festival, Santa Barbara, CA, 2017

  • Lumiere Prize (nominee), Canada, 2015

  • Best Experimental Film, Women and Fashion FilmFEST, Symphony Space, NYC, 2015

  • Accolade Award of Merit in Experimental Film, La Jolla, CA, 2015

  • Global Shorts Competition Award for Excellence in Experimental Film, La Jolla, CA, 2014

  • IndieFEST Award for Excellence in Experimental Film, La Jolla, CA, 2014


  • Magistrat der Stadt Wien, Austria, 2001

  • Niederlandische Botschaft, Netherlands, 2001

  • Harriet R. Eagleson Fellowship, NYC

  • Ida C. Haskell Travel Scholarship, NYC


  • Desert Widow (video), Numeridanse.TV, an online dance-video library owned by Centre National de la Danse and La Maison de la Danse de Lyon, France

  • At the Borders of Eternity (dance-theater), Kulturarchiv Wein, Austria