The Bolt

Between 1930-31, Dmitry Shostakovich wrote the ballet The Bolt. It was met with horror by the commissars of culture (avant-garde! decadent! bourgeois! down with it all!). But at its first staging, the set and costume design was superbly constructivist, featuring the works of such luminaries as Tatiana Bruni. A recent exhibition of the design sketches was held at GRAD – the Gallery for Russian Art and Design in London. I visited and snapped away. Voila!

Portrait of Dmitry Shostakovich, by L. Golubovskii. (1977).

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Costume design for the Terrorist, by Tatiana Bruni. (1931).

 

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Costume design for the American Navy, and Japanese Navy, by Tatiana Bruni. (1931).

 

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Costume design for Colonial Slave Girl, by Tatiana Bruni. (1931).

 

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Costume design for the Opportunist, by Tatiana Bruni. (1931).

 

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Costume design for Petite-Bourgeoise, by Tatiana Bruni. (1931).

 

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Costume design for Olga, by Tatiana Bruni. (1931).

 

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The Drunkard and the Female Worker, by Tatiana Bruni. (1931).

 

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Costume design for the Carter, by Tatiana Bruni. (1931).

 

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Costume design for the Typist, by Tatiana Bruni. (1931).

 

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Costume design for the Opportunist, by Tatiana Bruni. (1931).

 

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