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.
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October 24, 2000 |
When Argentine ballet superstar Julio Bocca formed his company in 1990 to showcase young South American dancers, some people regarded it as an act of youthful exuberance or an egotistical, flash-in-the-pan folly. But 10 years later, Ballet Argentino is alive and kicking. Its repertory is growing and so is its reputation. Far from distancing himself from it, Bocca, 33, is more committed to the troupe than ever.
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.