I am such a fan of The Nashville Ballet. They have the perfect mix of creative energy and world class talent, and both were on show in their newest production, Lucy Negro Redux. The Ballet teamed up with local poet, Caroline Randall Williams, and musician Rhiannon Giddens to tell the story through dance, music and spoken word of uncovering Shakespeare's Dark Lady.
The production is stunning. A moving, inspiring ode to black womanhood. Its first Nashville run is over, but there are already plans to perform at Big Ears in Knoxville, and I have no doubt it will live on beyond that.
The costumes played a large part in conveying the story. It was an honor to interpret the costume designer's vision through a handful of hats for the production.
Here's a sneak peek at my small contribution:
For more on the show, read the review in The Nashville Scene, and the story in The New York Times. And if you have the chance, go see it in person!