"Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters" (formerly titled "D-Man") is a documentary film about art revitalizing the human spirit. It traces the remarkable history and legacy of Bill T. Jones’ tour-de-force ballet "D-Man in the Waters," one of the most important works of art to come out of the age of AIDS. Using an extraordinary series of interviews, archival material, and uniquely powerful cinematography of movement this lyrical documentary reveals the making of the dance in 1989 and follows the journey of a group of young dancers learning it today. By examining both an oft-forgotten history and the critical issues of the present, the film offers an intimate view into the ways in which one dance revitalized two disparate communities, 30 years apart, both struggling to make sense of the plagues of their particular generations. "Can You Bring It" illuminates the power of art to convey history while simultaneously invigorating the contemporary moment.
-Loyola Marymount University and the LMU Dance Program
-Rhonda Laurence for the use of her photographs © Rhonda Laurence
-Lois Greenfield for the use of her photographs © Lois Greenfield
-Interview excerpt with Mr. Acquavella courtesy of the Oral History Project, Jerome Robbins Dance Division,
The New York Public Library of the Performing Arts
-Archival dance footage courtesy of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company