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 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.
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. This is a film about humanity, bravery, and hope that can resonate with everyone.
3 day rental • NR • 90 min.
“Critic’s Pick! Passionate and moving… an unusually lively documentary experience.”
— The New York Ties
“ An intimate film that breaks down sequences of the dance as they're slowly walked-through and then assembled...and a fascinating history lesson, especially to generations that didn't grow up under the AIDS specter.”
— Movie Nation
“Goes to the very heart of the vital role art plays in our society during times of social crisis.”
— Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
“A gripping ode to creativity and to the resiliency of the human spirit.”
— Michael Baryshnikov
“An engrossing examination of dance, love, and loss - and the power of art to move through pain.”
— The Queer Review
“Four stars! A celebration of the process of creation.”
“A dynamic portrait of the function art has in our lives and the transformative impact D-man in the Waters can have on dancers and audiences alike.”
— The Guardian