Choreography by Boris Lyapaev
duration 2h 20 min
with one intermission
Cinderella is a ballet composed by Sergei Prokofiev to a libretto by Nikolai Volkov based on a folk tale embodying a myth-element of unjust oppression and triumphant reward. It is one of Prokofiev’s most popular and melodious compositions, and has inspired a great many choreographers since its inception.
The piece was composed between 1940 and 1944 during the hardest times of World War II. The German invasion and ordeals people had to overcome gave an idea of a new ballet which could serve as a metaphor for the triumph over aggressor.
The title character is a young woman living in unfortunate circumstances that are changed to remarkable fortune thanks to miracle of kindness, justice and of course love.