'Lucy Negro Redux,' based on book by Nashville poet, explores Shakespeare’s love life

Posted at 8:36 AM, Feb 26, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Nashville ballet is always exploring new themes and ideas through dance.

"Lucy Negro Redux" explores the love life of William Shakespeare, based on the book by Nashville poet Caroline Randall Williams.

"This idea that she had come across through some of her research and writing - through that love of Shakespeare - about this woman 'black luc' and idea that Shakespeare could’ve had a black girlfriend or black lover really intrigued her. There are also historians who have looked and they can’t discredit this idea but it also just represented something so powerful to her. Having the chance to get to dance a roll like that the character of Lucy is so nuanced she so complicated," said Nashville Ballet Company dancer Kayla Rowser.

Rowser dances the part of Lucy. and says this contemporary ballet is like nothing you've seen before, exploring themes of love, equality and self discovery.

"Lucy" just finished its run in Nashville, but will be in Knoxville next.