Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones

Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones

A FILM BY: Tom Hurwitz, Rosalynde LeBlanc
STARRING: Bill T. Jones, Arthur Avilés, Johari Briggs

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.

“A new work that marks a new lease on inspired creativity… the kind of piece that sets audiences cheering.” —The New York Times

Technical Information

Production Year: 2021
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 90 mins
Format: Digital