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CAN YOU BRING IT: BILL T. JONES AND D-MAN IN THE WATERS
US 2020, 90 min Directors ROSALYNDE LEBLANC and TOM HURWITZ
Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane met in college, became a couple, and formed an immediate artistic bond. In 1978, they moved to New York City where they created The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Then, AIDS struck, ravaging the city’s arts community. Zane died of AIDS in 1988, leaving Jones devastated and the company’s future in doubt. Still grieving and anguished, Jones summoned the company’s dancers to the studio where they took the first improvisational steps of what eventually became D-Man in the Waters, a direct response to the AIDS crisis. Directed by dancer/choreographer Rosalynde LeBlanc and Emmy®-winning cinematographer Tom Hurwitz, Can You Bring It is a joyous exploration of Jones’ most successful dance. LeBlanc, who performed D-Man as a member of the company, is now a member of the dance department at Loyola Marymount University where she is shown teaching and inspiring her students as they take ownership of their own performance of the dance.
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ROSALYNDE LEBLANC’s career as a performer, choreographer, and educator spans over 25 years. She danced with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company and Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project and holds a BFA from SUNY Purchase and an MFA in Dance from Hollins University. She is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the Dance Program at Loyola Marymount University. TOM HURWITZ, ASC is one of America’s most honored documentary filmmakers. Winner of two Emmy Awards® and Cinematography Awards at the Sundance and Jerusalem Film Festivals, Hurwitz has photographed many films over the past 25 years, including Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold, The Queen of Versailles, Studio 54, and Valentino: The Last Emperor.
|RUNNING TIME:||90 min|
|DIRECTORS:||Rosalynde LeBlanc, Tom Hurwitz|
|PRODUCERS:||Rosalynde LeBlanc, Duana C. Butler|
|PRINT SOURCE:||Dancing On Air, LLC|
|NOTE WRITER:||Ken Jacobson|
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