“Critic’s Pick! Passionate and moving… an unusually lively documentary experience.” – Glenn Kenny, The New York Times
“Beautifully executed.” – Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal
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.
Tom Hurwitz, Rosalynde LeBlanc | 2020 | Documentary, Dance | USA | $12, $10 for Gold Coast Arts Film Society Members with discount code.
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WEDNESDAY, JULY 21 at 8pm EST – A FREE Live Virtual Conversation with Subject Bill T. Jones and Filmmakers Rosalynde LeBlanc & Tom Hurwitz, moderated by Nigel Redden, General Director of the Spoleto Festival USA. Please RSVP to join this Zoom event, which will enable you to submit questions, in writing, directly to the moderator. Click HERE to register.
“Goes to the very heart of the vital role art plays in our society during times of social crisis.” – Henry Louis Gates Jr.
“This gripping ode to creativity and to the resiliency of the human spirit… is a definitive ‘must-see’ for every dancer.” – Mikhail Baryshnikov
“How the work that was born of… brilliance and grief continues to hold, inspire, and animate current and future artists and audiences.” – Claire Danes
“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
“A fascinatingly up-close look at how a dance piece is made (or re-made), it’s a surprisingly emotional look at how a piece forged amid the pain of one era can speak to later eras.” – Tim Murphy, The Body