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This documentary on the choreographer/director reaches beyond dance to touch the essence of creativity itself.
“An engrossing examination of dance, love, and loss—and the power of art to move through pain.” –James Kleinman, The Queer Review
Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters captures the creative process that culminated in choreographer/dancer/director Bill T. Jones’s tour de force ballet, 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 Jones and artistic partner Arnie Zane felt as they were embattled by the epidemic. As a present-day group reinterprets 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 an iconic ballet to illustrate the power of art and the triumph of the human spirit.