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Melody Mennite in The Taming of the Shrew. Houston Ballet, June 2015. Photo by Amitava Sarkar.

Katherina was danced by Melody Mennite, whose strong emotional presence onstage makes her a natural fit for such a three-dimensional character. Mennite’s small frame packs a powerful punch, and she deals plenty of them in her wild tirades in Act One. Cranko’s choreography here is deeply seated in the characters, and Katherina’s movement is sharp, boxy, and filled with spurts of suddenly unleashed energy.

Houston Ballet corps dancer Madeline Skelly as Taurus in the world premiere of Stanton Welch’s “Zodiac” with the Houston Ballet at the Wortham Theater Center, Houston. Photo by Amitava Sarkar.

Houston Ballet premiered Stanton’s staging of La Bayadere, featuring lavish scenery and costumes by Peter Farmer, in 2010.

(Photo: Amitava Sarkar)