"Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters" Virtual Q&A
The Center is partnering with Film Forum to present a special conversation about the new film “Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters” with choreographer-dancer-director Bill T. Jones and film directors Rosalynde LeBlanc & Tom Hurwitz. The conversation will be moderated by Nigel Redden, General Director of the Spoleto Festival USA.
ABOUT THE FILM
“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.
ABOUT BILL T. JONES
Bill T. Jones is a multi-talented artist, choreographer, dancer, theater director, and writer, and Associate Artist for the 2020 Holland Festival. Mr. Jones has received major honors including the Human Rights Campaign’s 2016 Visibility Award, 2013 National Medal of Arts to a 1994 MacArthur “Genius” Award, and Kennedy Center Honors in 2010. Mr. Jones was honored with the 2014 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, recognized as Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 2010, inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2009, and named “An Irreplaceable Dance Treasure” by the Dance Heritage Coalition in 2000. His ventures into Broadway theater resulted in a 2010 Tony Award for Best Choreography in the critically acclaimed “FELA!,” the musical which was co-conceived, co-written, directed and choreographed by Mr. Jones. He also earned a 2007 Tony Award for Best Choreography in “Spring Awakening” as well as an Obie Award for the show’s 2006 off-Broadway run. His choreography for the off-Broadway production of “The Seven” earned him a 2006 Lucille Lortel Award. Photo by Philip Habib.
July 21, 2021
8 p.m. ET
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