D-Man in the Waters is one of the most important works of dance to emerge from the AIDS crisis. Now, choreographer Bill T. Jones brings his art to a new generation in Can You Bring It. Watch the trailer.
Via Kino Lorber:
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 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.
The LA Times review lays out the central question of the film:
Decades later and a continent away, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane company dancer LeBlanc stages a new performance at Loyola Marymount University. These students weren’t even alive at the height of the AIDS crisis, raising the question: Can you translate the emotions of a specific moment into a new era and still retain its power and relevancy? Elegant edits unite archival photos and videos, contemporary interviews and dance footage, establishing the pure athleticism of the dance, the historical significance of the work and its enduring cultural impact.
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