Principal Dancer Julio Bocca to Retire From American Ballet Theatre

Classic Arts News   Principal Dancer Julio Bocca to Retire From American Ballet Theatre
Principal dancer Julio Bocca will end his twenty-year career with the American Ballet Theatre this year, the company announced.

Bocca's final performance with the company will be on June 22 at the Metropolitan Opera House, when he will dance the role of Des Grieux in Kenneth MacMillan's Manon.

He will continue to appear with Ballet Argentino, which he founded in 1990, through the end of 2007.

Born in Buenos Aires, Bocca trained at the Teatro Col‹n's school and launched his career with the Ballet del Teatro Municipal de Rio de Janeiro. In 1985, he won the Fifth International Ballet Competition in Moscow; a year later, at age 18, he joined ABT as a principal dancer.

Bocca's many roles with the company include Franz in Copp_lia, Albrecht in Giselle, the title role in Petrouchka, and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet; he danced the lead in the premiere of Twyla Tharp's Brief Fling in 1990.

He has also danced with the Royal Ballet, La Scala Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, and other companies. In 2000, he appeared in the Broadway show Fosse.

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