“Fairy-stories such as Swan Lake or Schéherazade, she says, are written for children ‘to learn…”

“Fairy-stories such as Swan Lake or Schéherazade, she says, are written for children ‘to learn about life from them.  They learn what is good, what is bad, they learn about love’s ways, and about loyalty.  These ballets bring forward these issues in an adult way.

I usually don’t try to judge the females I portray, just to explain them, as in life, too, we sometimes have to try to explain situations and people from our experience rather than judge them.  This way the public can decide whether to judge the person I play negatively or not.’”

Ulyana Lopatkina (Mariinsky Ballet, 2005)