“There might be lovely weather and I might go out for a walk so my mood changes, and all those…”

“There might be lovely weather and I might go out for a walk so my mood changes, and all those experiences can be used when performing. I try to think about how she would behave and I become Juliet at the time of the performance. In the rehearsal room I try to perfect everything so when I’m on stage I don’t have to think at all and just concentrate on becoming the role. When I’m performing, I become the role and stop being Katya.”

Yekaterina Krysanova (Bolshoi Ballet, 2010)