"Christopher Wheeldon" is an English international choreographer of contemporary ballet.

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There isn't the same culture of young dancers having to wait in line. They throw kids into the big roles, just to give them a chance.

There's a bit of a strange twist to my ending – I won't say what. I was anxious not to abandon the romance, the fairy tale, the magic in this ballet but at the same time I wanted to reach that from an everyday world, for him to create that romantic notion of an ideal woman for himself – not to go skipping through some fairy-tale woods and stumble across an enchanted swan-woman.

Those Degas paintings tell a story that's poignant and very dark.