ATTITUDE: Lucy Negro Redux

FEBRUARY 8-10, 2019

Choreography, adaptation and direction by Paul Vasterling
Based on the book by
Caroline Randall Williams
Music composed and performed live by
Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi
Spoken word performed live by Caroline Randall Williams
Production design by Doug Fitch

This production is recommended for adults due to explicit language and mature themes.

A world premiere by Artistic Director Paul Vasterling, Lucy Negro Redux explores the mysterious love life of literary great William Shakespeare through the perspective of the illustrious “Dark Lady” for whom many of his famed sonnets were written. Based on the book by Nashville poet Caroline Randall Williams, the contemporary ballet explores themes of love, otherness, equality and beauty as the narrator embarks on a journey to discover her own power and worth. Featuring an original score by Grammy Award-winning artist and MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient Rhiannon Giddens with spoken word performed by Williams, Lucy is an imaginative drama brimming with wit and relevancy.

Attitude: Lucy Negro Redux will be at TPAC's Polk Theater for three (3) performances:

  • Friday, February 8, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 2 p.m.


the book that inspired the ballet

Pre-order the new edition of author Caroline Randall Williams' book from Third Man Books! Learn more about the story you'll see on stage and how Williams' words were transformed into dance.

UPcoming COMMUNITY Events

Explore the world of Lucy Negro Redux through community events like panel discussions and rehearsal viewings leading up to the world premiere.


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Lucy Negro Redux was supported by New Music USA. To follow the project as it unfolds, visit our project page: