Widow’s Walk continues Jil Guyon’s ongoing open-ended performance-video series featuring a lone woman driven into an unexpected environment by forces beyond her control. In this most recent incarnation, the protagonist finds herself navigating a quasi-apocalyptic world with the Sisyphean task of walking up and down a hill in a struggle to conquer her grief.
Jil Guyon is a multi-award winning visual and performing artist based in New York. Her performance-videos have screened at theaters, cinemas, museums, galleries and concert halls around the world, including Lincoln Center’s “Dance on Camera” Festival, “Cinedanse Quebec,” “Fashion Art Toronto,” “Women and Fashion FilmFEST” (Best Experimental Film) at Symphony Space, NYC, “San Francisco Dance Film Festival,” and “NOW New Music Festival” among others. As part of the “Toronto Urban Film Festival” curated by Guy Maddin, her performance-video, “Widow,” was seen throughout the Toronto mass transit system, averaging over 2 million riders/viewers per day. She is also a contributing artist for Noemie Lafrance/Sens Production, performing in Agora II at the McCarren Park pool, Brooklyn, and in the film Eyes, Nose, Mouth directed by Noemie Lafrance and Patrick Daughters. Most recently she appeared as one of the core dancers in Amanda Palmer’s (Dresden Dolls) music video, Mr. Weinstein Will See You Now. She also performed alongside artist Kiki Smith and composer Alvin Curran in Joan Jonas’s “Variations on a Scene” at “The Wave Hill Dancescape” in Riverdale. As a Director, 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 Lumiere prize (Canada) nominee, and a recipient of the IndieFEST, Global Shorts and Accolade Awards for Excellence in experimental film.
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