March 2, 2006 |
THERE has never been anything sedate about tango. After all, it originated in 19th century Buenos Aires with macho men dancing and brawling in brothels in order to work out frustrations or vie for the favors of wanton women. But it gets an added jolt when danced by Julio Bocca.
February 8, 2006
Retiring: Julio Bocca, a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre for 20 years, will retire after a performance in Kenneth MacMillan's "Manon" at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York on June 22. Monument: The Jamaican government will declare Bob Marley's Kingston home a national monument, 25 years after the reggae legend's death, Minister of Education and Culture Maxine Henry Wilson said Tuesday.
April 5, 2004 |
Coincidences can be enlightening -- Jiri Kylian choreography from both Nederlands Dans Theater and American Ballet Theatre on Southland stages in the same week, for example. Or Ballet Theatre dancing "Romeo and Juliet" downtown on Saturday while Julio Bocca -- one of the company's stellar former Romeos -- performed other company repertory and a new work at the Cerritos Center the same night.
March 21, 2004 |
I've met dancer Julio Bocca only once. But over the last 17 years, we've spent lots of time together: him performing, me reviewing him. What I couldn't have foreseen from the start was that I was also charting an unusual story in the ballet world -- that of a beloved virtuoso who didn't feel he could call himself an artist until five years ago.
October 27, 1994 |
The earth seemed to move during the Tuesday performance of Ballet Argentino, its second mixed program at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. Unfortunately, this is not meant poetically, but as one explanation for all the small stumbles, tiny tilts and general shakiness. Take star player Julio Bocca, in a suite of dances from Act III of "Raymonda," by Lidia Segni, after Petipa.
October 26, 1994 |
At a time when nearly all the great ballet virtuosi subordinate themselves to one choreographic vision or another, Julio Bocca remains a brilliant gadfly. Alternately burning up the stage and chewing the scenery, the 27-year-old Argentine looked equally at home in neo-Soviet kitsch, 19th-Century bravura and balleticized exhibition-ballroom on Monday--the first night in his weeklong engagement at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts.