The best stories for ballet are fairy tales. They have everything: different characters, palaces, balls, magical transformations, an exciting plot and the struggle between good and evil, where, of course, good wins.
Sergei Sergeevich, after the success of “Romeo and Juliet”, decided to create a ballet specifically for Galina Ulanova and chose the familiar story about a poor girl who, with the help of a fairy godmother, goes to a ball, meets a prince and finds happiness.
The process of creating of the ballet stopped because of The Second World War. Prokofiev worked on a patriotic opera "War and Peace" and only a few years later finished what he started. The premiere was held at the Bolshoi Theatre in November 1945 with great success, it became a kind of anthem of the Victory and was awarded by the Stalin Prize. For Sergei Prokofiev, this award was the fourth.
“The main thing that I wanted to convey in my music is the poetic love of Cinderella and the Prince, the birth and flowering of feelings, obstacles on their path, the realization of a dream,” the composer said. “I wrote Cinderella in the tradition of the old classical ballet. Each character has its own variation."
The ballet is performed on many stages of the world. One of the first well-known productions was Frederick Ashton's in London, where the ugly sisters and stepmother were performed by men. In 1987, Rudolf Nureyev introduced his production of Cinderella to the French public at the Paris Opera. Modern choreographers also do not leave ballet unattended.
We present “Cinderella” in all her sweet splendor: classical pas in Cinderella's poor house, enthusiastic waltzes at the prince's ball, dances of the nations, magical transformations with the help of the fairy godmother and the futile attempts of stepmother and mischievous sisters to pull that shoe on their feet. By the way, the role of stepmother in our theatre is traditionally performed by a man, which invariably causes additional delight among the audience.