Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters

Winner
Audience Award
Doc NYC
This gripping ode to creativity and to the resiliency of the human spirit [is] a definitive ‘must-see’ for every dancer.

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Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters

Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters brings to life the creative process that culminated in choreographer-dancer-director Bill T. Jones’s tour de force ballet D-Man in the Waters, one of the most important works of art to come out of the AIDS crisis. In 1989, D-Man in the Waters gave physical manifestation to the fear, anger, grief, and hope for salvation that the emerging Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company (both partners at the time) felt as they were embattled by the AIDS epidemic. As a group of young dancers in the present re-interpret the work, they deepen their understanding of its power – exploring what is at stake in their own personal lives in order to commit and perform it successfully. Through an extraordinary collage of interviews, archival material, and uniquely powerful cinematography, this lyrical documentary uses the story of this iconic dance to illustrate the power of art and the triumph of the human spirit.

“Goes to the very heart of the vital role art plays in our society during times of social crisis.” – Henry Louis Gates Jr.

“A surprisingly emotional look at how a piece forged amid the pain of one era can speak to later eras.” – Tim Murphy, The Body

“An engrossing examination of dance, love, and loss—and the power of art to move through pain.” – James Kleinman, The Queer Review

"The depth of this film is enormous. It touches the heart and stimulates the mind. It’s a work of such great feeling, poetic beauty, and relevance in the times through which we are living." - Andre Gregory

Not Rated
Genre
Documentary, Dance, LGBTQ, African-American Experience
Runtime
94
Language
English
Director
Rosalynde LeBlanc
Tom Hurwitz
Cast
Bill T Jones
Awards:
Winner, Audience Award, Doc NYC
FEATURED REVIEW
Sheila O'Malley, RogerEbert.com

"It was a place to grieve." Modern dance choreographer Bill T. Jones says this about his most famous work, "D-Man In the Waters," which premiered in 1989 to great acclaim (it "radiates life in the face of tragedy" declared one headline). To say "D-Man In the Waters" was a "response" to the AIDS ...

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