CPR Classical presents: Nashville Ballet’s ‘Lucy Negro Redux’ at the Newman Center


Event Description

CPR Classical presents the Nashville Ballet at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts March 29-30.

"Lucy Negro Redux is an original ballet choreographed by Nashville Ballet’s Artistic Director Paul Vasterling based on Caroline Randall William’s book of poetry of the same name. The piece explores the author’s thesis that the 'Dark Lady' and the 'Fair Youth' – the subjects and inspiration of hundreds of Shakespeare’s love sonnets – were undoubtedly a black woman and a young man, respectively. As the piece alternates in time, Elizabethan and present day, we see through dance how relationship themes transcend time. The audience is privy to the exploration of Shakespeare’s romantic connection to both the male Fair Youth and the black Lucy Negro. Ultimately, in experiencing Lucy Negro, the narrator, and thus the audience, finds a powerful female voice."

Nashville Ballet’s production of Lucy Negro Redux is based on the book by Caroline Randall Williams and contains sexually explicit language and references. While children under the age of 18 are not prohibited from attending this performance, it is important that parents and guardians be aware of the nature of the work prior to attending. We strongly encourage that anyone under the age of 18 be accompanied by a parent and/or guardian.

** See Newman Center Covid safety protocols for all performances, and be sure to check for event updates before the event on March 30.