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Wed Jan 9, 2019, 12:55 PM

"Lucy Negro Redux" Nashville Ballet World Premiere

(In addition to the ballet itself, there are some upcoming free community events, see below and more at link)


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.


Lucy Negro Redux: Exploring Otherness

Thursday, January 10, 2019
6-7 p.m.
Nashville Ballet (3630 Redmon St., Nashville, TN 37217)


Moderated by Tennessee Human Rights Commission Executive Director Beverly Watts, this conversation in connection with the world premiere of Artistic Director Paul Vasterling's Lucy Negro Redux will explore concepts such as otherness and belonging as they apply to the ballet and society. Panelists include Artistic Director Paul Vasterling, author of the book Lucy Negro, Redux, Caroline Randall Williams and leaders of the social justice movement in the Nashville community.

Lucy Negro Redux: Reimagining the Dark Lady

Monday, January 21, 2019
5-7 p.m.
Nashville Ballet (3630 Redmon St., Nashville, TN 37217)

Join the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) and Nashville Ballet for a panel discussion and rehearsal viewing of Lucy Negro Redux. Panelists include NMAAM curator Dr. Steven Lewis, Nashville Ballet artistic director and ballet choreographer Paul Vasterling, co-composer Francesco Turrisi, and Grammy Award-winning lead singer of country and blues band Carolina Chocolate Drops Rhiannon Giddens. WMOT senior producer Craig Havighurst will serve as the panel moderator. Panelists will discuss themes from the performance, including equity, beauty and otherness.

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