Check out the trailer for the new documentary Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the waters.

The film brings to life the creative process that culminated in the creation of the choreographer-dancer-director Bill T. JonesThe D-Man in the Waters ballet tour de force, one of the most important works of art to emerge from the AIDS crisis.

In 1989, D-Man in the Waters physically manifested the fear, anger, sorrow and hope of salvation that Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Company (both partners at the time) felt they were grappling with the AIDS epidemic. As a group of young dancers from the present reinterpret the work, they deepen their understanding of its power – exploring what is at stake in their personal lives in order to engage and perform it successfully. Through an extraordinary collage of interviews, archival documents and uniquely powerful cinematography, this lyrical documentary uses the history of this iconic dance to illustrate the power of art and the triumph of human mind.

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Bill T. Jones is the recipient of the Doris Duke Artist Award 2014; the 2013 National Medal of the Arts; the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors; a Tony Award 2010 for the best choreography of FELA! a 2007 Tony Award, a 2007 Obie Award for his choreography for Spring Awakening; the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award 2010; the 2007 USA Eileen Harris Norton Fellowship; the 2006 Lucille Lortel Outstanding Choreography Award for The Seven; the 2005 Wexner Prize; the 2005 Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement; the Harlem Renaissance Award 2005; the 2003 Dorothy and Lillian gish Price; and the 1994 MacArthur “Genius” Prize.

In 2010, Mr. Jones was recognized as an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government, and in 2000, The Dance Heritage Coalition appointed Mr. Jones “An irreplaceable dance treasure.”

Mr. Jones choreographed and performed around the world with his late partner, Arnie Zane, before forming the Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Company in 1982. He has produced over 140 works for his company. Mr. Jones is Executive Artistic Director of New York Live Arts, an incubator for movement artists at all levels of their careers.

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