The Australian‘s Michael Bodey reports that while Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky was thinking about the ballet world, he caught a production of Swan Lake and, of course, realized one performer danced both the black and white swans. ‘When I started to explore it, the ballet world actually does have a lot of gothic and horror elements, not just the world but the ballets themselves,’ Aronofsky says. ‘Look at all the great ballets, from Romeo and Juliet to Sleeping Beauty to Swan Lake. They’re [all] these big kind of tragic stories.”

)l. to r.) Black Swan costars Vincent Cassel, Natalie Portman, director Darren Aronofsky.