Bolshoi Postmodern: The Bolt + Q&A
Composed by Dmitri Shostakovich when he was only 25, the ballet The Bolt never reached its premiere, mothballed for 75 years immediately after its 1931 dress rehearsal. An all-new production by the Bolshoi Ballet, filmed in HD, with choreography by Alexei Ratmansky captures the original’s caustic dissection of Socialist Realist fantasy. Ratmansky’s reimagining furthers the subversion of the overtly propagandistic storyline about a rogue saboteur who attempts to impede production and progress in a factory to create a complex image of the contradictions of life in the early Soviet Union. Designed by Simon Pastuch, the sets draw upon Constructivism and other avant-garde movements of Soviet art and theater.
Introduction and Q&A with Harlow Robinson, Professor of Russian History and Culture at Northeastern University and Anna Winestein, Executive Director of the Ballets Russes Arts Initiative.