Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters

Beginning in 1980s New York City, this film chronicles the love story between dancers Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane, and the diverse dance company they founded

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 BillT. 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 theAIDS 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 a rich 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.

Film is available for viewing in the US and Canada only

Co-Presenter: Frameline / PUSH Dance Company

Program Info

October 15 - October 24
Venue: Streaming on Marquee TV
$11.99 / $50 (festival pass)
Director: Rosalynde LeBlanc & Tom Hurwitz
Choreographer: Bill T Jones
(USA, 2020) 90 min
Genre: Documentary | Contemporary