Jillian Peña (b. 1980) is a New York-based dance and video artist. Her work seeks to make visible the confusion and desire of the self in relationship to itself and others. Her work is in dialogue with psychoanalysis, queer theory, pop media, and spirituality.

Her video and performance work include Panopticon, COIL/American Realness Festival, Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY (2016), Federal Hall, LMCC’s River To River 2016, New York, NY (2016), In Time, Links Hall, Chicago, IL (2016); Polly Pocket, Sophiensalle, Berlin, Germany (2015), American Dance Institute, Rockville, MD (2015), Danspace Project, New York, NY (2014), ImPulsTanz Festival, Vienna (2014) and American Realness, New York, NY (2014).

Jillian’s awards and residencies include Bessie Nomination, Emerging Choreographer (2016); RAMP, PS122, New York, NY (2015); the Prix Jardin d’Europe Award, Outstanding Emerging Choreographer (2014); and Artist-in-Residence, ImpulsTanz Dance Festival, Vienna, Austria (2015). She holds a B.A. in Feminist Art and Dance from Hollins University, an M.F.A. in Fine Art, Emphasis in Performance, from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a practice-based M.Phil. in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London.

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