Faking Love

IN HIS FIRST GO at a romantic role, Houston Ballet’s Joseph Walsh dove deep into the delirium of love. He’d been cast opposite Sara Webb in Manon, and danced as though every muscle in his body was longing for her. Then, as soon as bows finished opening night, the first person he ran into in […]


Retirements Houston Ballet principal Mireille Hassenboehler took her final waltz across the Wortham stage on September 28. She was the last ballerina to be named a principal by former artistic director Ben Stevenson. “I’m the bridge ballerina,” quips Hassenboehler, who served as a dancer representative on the committee that hired Stanton Welch. “I was promoted […]

The Storyteller

Houston Ballet’s Melody Mennite finds the meaning in the movement.   Passionate and invested: Ian Casady and Mennite in Marie, a role that Stanton Welch made on her. Photo by Amitava Sarkar, Courtesy HB.     Houston Ballet principal Melody Mennite claims the stage in Garrett Smith’s new Return with such authority it’s hard to […]

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