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).

Untitled

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

 

Untitled

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

 

Untitled

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

 

Untitled

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

 

Untitled

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

 

Untitled

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

 

Untitled

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

 

Untitled

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

 

Untitled

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

 

Untitled

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

 

Advertisements