Introducing the Bolt

Poster for the premiere of “Bolt”, 8 April 1931
The ballet The Bolt was staged at the Leningrad State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet, now the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg in the early 1930s. It was the Theatre itself that commissioned the ballet and selected its collaborators. The music was composed by Dmitri Shostakovich, the choreography was by Fedor Lopukhov and the sets and costumes by Tatiana Bruni and Georgii Korshikov. After one performance on 8 April 1931, the ballet was banned amidst fierce criticism and did not return to the stage for over 70 years. In February 2005 a new version was performed at the Bolshoi Theatre under the leadership of artistic director Alexei Ratmansky.
The Bolt, Scene from Act I from the 2005 revival at the Bolshoi Theatre by Alexei Ratmansky