Twin Documentaries Spotlight Dance Legends Alvin Ailey and Bill T. Jones

"Alvin Ailey and Bill T. Jones may have a generation between them, but the two influential choreographers crossed paths at a few pivotal moments. Ailey was the one who commissioned Jones’ first work, 'Fever Swap,' in 1983. A few years later in 1989, at the height of the AIDS epidemic, Jones, then famous in his own right, would create one of his most notable works and a response to the crisis: 'D-Man in the Waters.' It was also the year Ailey died at age 58 of complications from the disease.

"So it’s a fateful coincidence that this summer both men are getting the spotlight in two terrific documentaries: 'Ailey,' opening nationwide on Aug. 6, and 'Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters,' which is currently in theaters.