D-Man in the Waters: 1st movement (1989)

This Bessie-award-winning work is a genuine classic of modern dance, timelessly engaging.  Intelligent, driven, athletic, and joyous, D-Man in the Waters is a challenging work for professional dancers and a challenge to advance the skills of collegiate-level students. A string octet may accompany this work as a live music option.

Choreographer: Bill T. Jones
Music: Felix Mendelssohn
Cast size: 9-10 (based on 5 men and 4 women or equal divisions of both)
Length: 17 minutes

    Skills developed:

  • • Cultivating athleticism and stamina
  • • Performing full-bodied and high-impact partnering
  • • Musicality
  • • Understanding and embodying movement/choreography created from personal history/events

    Complementary classes:

  • • Technique/movement investigation focusing on moving in and out of the floor with momentum and force
  • • Partnering
  • • Chorography with a focus on creating movement and gesture from personally relevant moments/history

    Recently reconstructed at:

  • • Muhlenberg College
  • • Southern Methodist University
  • • University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • • Boston Conservatory
“I cannot tell you what it was like to see our dancers explode onto the stage with D-Man. It was an absolute testimony to the power of great art to heal, to inspire, to bring us together. I heard people in the audience crying, and by the end shouting Bravo and standing up. It was such a gift to be able to perform this piece, for this audience, here in Boston.” 
Cathy Young, Dance Division Director, Boston Conservatory

“You are changing these students’ lives.  They can't stop talking about the process they are engaged in with you and they are even dancing differently in class.  I can't thank you enough.”
Kiesha Lalama-White, Assistant Professor, Point Park University

Download D-­Man  in  the  Waters:  Reflections,  Observations,  Histories by Neil  Baldwin