Shostakovich : Bolt


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Bolt, the prohibited ballet of Shostakovitch put back together by Alexei Ratmansky for the Bolchoï Ballet.

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Shostakovich : Bolt


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.


Shostakovich : Bolt

Ballet in two acts

Music : Dmitri Shostakovich

Libretto : Viktor Smirnov

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

Soloists and Corps de Ballet of the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow

Choreography : Alexei Ratmansky

Scenography : Semyon Pastukh
Costumes : Galina Solovyov

Orchestra of the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow

Conductor : Pavel Sorokin


« 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. » –

Technical informations

HD recording : Bolshoi Theatre | 09/2006
TV direction : Vincent Bataillon
Release date : 27 March 2003
Distribution : Naxos Distribution

: BAC020
Barcode : 3760115300200
Running time : 111 min.
Film : 90 min.
Bonus :”Avant-garde & kitsch” by Edgardo Cozarinski (11 min)
Subtitles : FR / ENG / GER
Image : Color, 16/9, NTSC
Sound : PCM 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Region code : 0

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