World Premiere: 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. | SOLD OUT

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

  • Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 2 p.m. | SOLD OUT


the book that inspired the ballet

Order the new edition of author Caroline Randall Williams' book from Third Man Books! Learn more about the story and how Williams' words were transformed into dance.

in the NEWS

“'Lucy Negro Redux,' based on book by Nashville poet, explores Shakespeare’s love life,” by Kristen Skovira, News Channel 5 Nashville (February 26, 2019)

“Opinion: A Nashville Miracle,” by Margaret Renkl, The New York Times (February 18, 2019)

“Review: With Attitude: Lucy Negro Redux, Nashville Ballet Creates a Seismic Shift in Dance,” by Erica Ciccarone, Nashville Scene (February 11, 2019)

“New Ballet Explores The 'Dark Lady' Of Shakespeare's Sonnets,” by Craig Havighurst, NPR’s Here & Now (February 8, 2019)

“Nashville Ballet's World Premiere Gives Kayla Rowser the Chance to Finally Take on a Strong Black Female Character,” by Amy Brandt, Pointe Magazine (February 7, 2019)

“Three Black Women Hold The Power In Nashville Ballet's 'Lucy Negro Redux,’” by Colleen Phelps and Kara McLeland, Nashville Pubic Radio (February 6, 2019)

“What if Shakespeare’s Dark Lady Told Their Love Story? What if It Were a Ballet?” by Tariro Mzezewa, The New York Times (February 5, 2019)

“Nashville Ballet's New Full-Length Shows What Inclusion in Ballet Could Look Like,” by Theresa Ruth Howard, Dance Magazine (February 5, 2019)

“Nashville Ballet presents world premiere of Lucy Negro Redux in February,” by Tracy Kornet, WSMV Channel 4 (February 1, 2019)

“Rhiannon Giddens Spreads The Power Around,” by Craig Havighurst, WMOT Roots Radio (January 31, 2019)

“Nashville Ballet's 'Lucy Negro Redux,' created for black female lead, breaks barriers,” by Jessica Bliss, The Tennessean (January 31, 2019)

“Cover Story: The Dance Club,” by Jonah Eller-Isaacs, Native Magazine (January 2019)

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