"The Bolt". Ballet in three acts, seven scenes.
Libretto by V. Smirnov.
Premiere: April 8, 1931. Kirov Leningrad State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre.
Choreographer F. Lopukhov.Conductor A. Gauk.
First Edition: Whereabouts of the hand-written score unknown.
First Edition: Unpublished.
Opus 27ą. Suite from the ballet "The Bolt"
2. Bureaucrats' Dance
3. Draymen's Dance
4. Tango (Kozelkov's Dance)
6. Dance of a Colonial Female Slave
8. General Dance and Apotheosis.
Premiere: January 17, 1933 in the Great Hall of the Leningrad Conservatoire. Orchestra of the Leningrad Philharmonia.
Conductor A. Gauk.
First Edition: D.Shostakovich, Collected Works, Volume 26, Moscow, 1987.
Manuscripts: in the Glinka State Central Museum for Musical Culture
(Stack 32, Item 285).
"Here is a summary of the libretto for the ballet 'The Bolt':
Scene 1: Workers arrive at the factory. They are doing their morning exercises. Among them is a drunk, Lyonka Gulba, hung-over from the evening before.
Scene 2: Amateur art show to celebrate opening a new shop in the factory. Lyonka Gulba and his chums (Ivan Shtopor and Fyodor Piva) are fooling around. They are made to leave.
Scene 3: Work on the shop-floor.
Scene 4: Day off. A village near the town. A priest dances. Young communists dance. Old women dance. A drunken Lyonka Gulba enjoys himself with the girls. He wants to go on enjoying himself tomorrow, so he eggs on an irresponsible lad to stick a bolt into a machine. Then the factory would grind to a halt and they would be able to go on enjoying themselves. Young Gusev from the Komsomol overheard them and was keen to expose the conspiracy. Lyonka kills Gusev.
Scene 5: The young lad sticks the bolt into the machine. Gusev, however, (now back to life) exposes the lad and Lyonka Gulba. They are arrested. General rejoicing. Dances. Apotheosis.
This ballet was staged at the Mariinsky Theatre on May 8, 1931. It was a total failure and was taken out of the repertoire. I am happy to tell
you all about this, but not for publication".
(From a letter dated August 24, 1934)