Dmitri Chostakovitch (1906-1975) 

Ballet in 3 acts

Nastya Anastasia Yatsenko
Yan Andreï Merkuriev
Denis Denis Savin
Ivachka Morikhiro Iwata

Ballet & Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre
Musical Direction : Pavel Sorokin

BAC020 / Ballet recorded live at the Bolshoi Theatre in 2006

Composed in 1931 by Dimitri Shostakovich, The Bolt – to a book by Viktor Smirnov, is being revived for the first time in more than 70 years.

Shostakovich composed a caustically humourous ballet, blending popular tunes, serious music, circus music, waltzes, marches, tangos. He had imagined his ballet as a joyful lampoon of proletarian drama. His intention was to highlight the eventful and ambiguous relationship existing between proletarian experience and the representation given of it by the Soviet vanguard.

Alexei Ratmansky’s choreography develops into a true marvel, opening with a ballet of giant robots ans ending in a blood red delirious grand parade.


« Bolshoi’s dazzling bolt from the blue.
A ballet score by Shostakovich received its world première – 74 years after it was written.
This is captivating theatrical music by a stupendous young composing talent, full of acid caricature and robust comedy, not yet weighed down with the shadows and storms that were soon to break into his life. »

  • Director: Vincent Bataillon
  • Bonus: "Avant-garde & kitsch" by Edgardo Cozarinski (11 min) - Interviews
  • Length: 90 min - Image: 16/9 NTSC
  • Audio: PCM Stereo / Dolby digital 5.1
  • Subtitles: French / English / German
  • Zones: All Zones - 1 disc(s) - Release date: