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CAN YOU BRING IT: BILL T. JONES AND D-MAN IN THE WATERS

Opens Friday, July 16 – Playing In Theater Only

DIRECTED BY ROSALYNDE LEBLANC & TOM HURWITZ

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The New York Times’s rave review for Bill T. Jones’s D-Man in the Waters, termed it “a new work that marks a new lease on inspired creativity… the kind of piece that sets audiences cheering” (Anna Kisselgoff). Created to celebrate dancer Demian Acquavella, diagnosed with AIDS, it was presented by the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company just a year after Zane’s death from AIDS at age 39. Jones describes their relationship: “Arnie and I were a couple. We were a continent of two.” CAN YOU BRING IT, made by Rosalynde LeBlanc, a former dancer with their company, and Tom Hurwitz, son of influential Martha Graham dancer Jane Dudley, is a smart, inspired portrait of the brilliant, charismatic dancer/choreographer. Built around a current production of D-Man (directed by LeBlanc), the film records the struggle of today’s young dancers to interpret the emotional anguish of the early AIDS epidemic era, from which Jones’s creation sprung.

Presented with support from the R.G. Rifkind Foundation Endowment for Queer Cinema and the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation Fund.

USA      2019      90 MINS.      KINO LORBER

Reviews

“Stirring...a consummate dance film about art as witness, and its importance to culture and humanity… LeBlanc and Hurwitz beautifully weave together clips of the student performance, and their creative revelations about dancing [D-Man in the Waters]. The archival film of the premiere performance and the Jones/Zane revival in 2013 is masterfully edited, showing that this first dance piece by Bill T. Jones has lost none of its power to inspire.”
– Lewis Whittington, EDGE Media Network

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