The Bolt: Shostakovich’s controversial ballet

Dmitri Shostakovich wrote The Bolt in 1931. It was a piece of musical experimentation, a ballet of unruly satire, populated by a host of comical characters. The Bolt is based on a true story that follows the exploits of Lyonka Gulba (Gulba in Russian means idler), an indolent worker who persuades a young man to throw a bolt into the factory machinery, sabotaging the production of his workplace in revenge for being sacked. The production featured... Read More

Russian Avant-Garde Theatre, War, Revolution, Design

It was a time of change. It was a time of hope. In those first thirty years or so of the twentieth-century the artistic world moved in tandem, and at times with the same pulse as the political movements that fought for radical change. In painting Cézanne and then Picasso and Braque changed the way we looked at surfaces, Vlaminck and Signac, in the footsteps of Van Gogh and Gauguin revolutionised, in their own individual way, our perception of... Read More

Exhibition: Hollywood costume

‘Clothes are never a frivolity, they always mean something’, so wrote? James Laver. Costume designers are storytellers and play a pivotal role in bringing movies to life. London’s V&A is celebrating their work with Hollywood Costume, an exhibition that brings together over 100 of the most iconic costumes designed for cinema characters over a century of film-making from 1912 to the present day. The exhibition ends 27 January 2013. For... Read More