Can Your Bring It—Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters
Directed by Rosalynde LeBlanc and Tom Hurwitz
$12 / $8 Speed members and Louisville Ballet supporters
“This gripping ode to creativity and to the resiliency of the human spirit is a definitive ‘must see’ for every dancer.”—Mikhail Baryshnikov
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 present-day young dancers 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. 2021, U.S., DCP, 90 minutes. Recommended for 16+