“Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters” dives deeply into the creative process that culminated in choreographer-dancer-director Bill T. Jones’s tour de force ballet D-Man in the Waters. Born amidst the AIDS crisis in 1989, the production gave physical manifestation to the fear, anger, grief and, ultimately, hope for salvation that the emerging Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company (both business and life partners at the time) felt individually and as one.
The documentary spotlights a troupe of young dancers in the present day striving to re-interpret the work. In so doing, they collectively explore what is at stake in their own lives to fully commit to and perform the dance successfully. Utilizing an extraordinary collage of interviews, archival material, and uniquely powerful cinematography this lyrical documentary uses the story of an iconic dance to illuminate the power of art and the triumph of the human spirit.