CAN YOU BRING IT: BILL T. JONES AND D-MAN IN THE WATERS
First show: July 25
“The depth of this film is enormous. It touches the heart and stimulates the mind. It’s a work of such great feeling, poetic beauty, and relevance in the times through which we are living.” –
Co-presented by Detour Dance
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 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.
Directed by Rosalynde LeBlanc and Tom Hurwitz. United States. 2020. 90 min.
The feature will be preceded by a short film by Detour Dance, THE NELKEN LINE. The Nelken Line is an excerpted dance from Pina Bausch’s 1982 work Nelken. Four simple gestures — set to West End Blues by Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five — evoke the changing of the seasons. Detour Dance’s film rendition features a gorgeous 26-person cast of local Bay Area drag artists and queer performers.
CAN YOU BRING IT: BILL T. JONES AND D-MAN IN THE WATERS will also play in our virtual cinema starting July 23. Virtual tickets available here.
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