LUCY NEGRO, REDUX

LUCY NEGRO, REDUX

The Bard, a Book, and a Ballet

by Caroline Randall Williams

Libretto by Paul Vasterling

Published by: Third Man Books

119 pages, 5.25 x 8.25 in, 5 black and white photos from the NYC rehearsal of the ballet based on the book.

  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780997457827
  • Published: March 2019

$17.95

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Lucy Negro, Redux, uses the lens of Shakespeare's "Dark Lady" sonnets to explore the way questions about and desire for the black female body have evolved over time, from Elizabethan England to the Jim Crow South to the present day. Equally interested in the sensual and the serious, the erotic and the academic, this collection experiments with form, dialect, persona, and voice. Ultimately a hybrid document, Lucy Negro Redux harnesses blues poetry, deconstructed sonnets, historical documents and lyric essays to tell the challenging, many-faceted story of the Dark Lady, her Shakespeare, and their real and imagined milieu. Inspired by the book, The Nashville Ballet will premiere “Lucy Negro Redux,” an original ballet conceived and choreographed by Artistic Director & CEO, Paul Vasterling, in February 2019.