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.
“Cinderella” by Charles Perrault fits perfectly into the language of classical choreography, especially when it is accompanied by the brilliant music of Sergei Prokofiev. This old tale of lost shoe, with roots going back to Ancient Egypt and China, has over 700 versions. It attracted composers many times.
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.