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"Julio Bocca - The Best Don Quixote of the History"

surfing once again - happily - and I came across this. i think i've died and gone to heaven!! i mean my GOD!!! :thumbsup:

I've always been a huge fan of Bocca and regard him as one of the very best I've ever seen on stage. But I came late to the world of ballet and so by the time I discovered him - while still technically terrific - you could tell time was catching up to him. I wasn't witness to his robust brilliance. Seeing this video I was just overwhelmed. I can't even describe some of the feelings I was experiencing while watching it. He was confident, strong and thrilling to watch. But there was an added sense of total abandonment. He appeared to be raw and reckless and bold. He had a marvelous present of unpredictability. Not only was you unprepared at what was going to happen next...you got the belief he didn't know what he was going to do next himself. It was almost as if he was making it up as he went along. He was sooooooo in the moment. He is simply awesome!!

The tape is scratchy and it becomes very blurry at the end but his brilliance shines through. Its the ABT production as staged by Baryshnikov and while I'm thrilled to death to have that DVD of Baryshnikov and Cynthia Harvey dancing sublimely together, I wish, I wish, I had Bocca dancing the full version. Enjoy!

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Thanks for this, George B fan. Not only was it terrific to see Bocca again, but what a joy to get even that too-brief glimpse of Cheryl Yeager, one of my favorites.

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