Julio Bocca - The Most Renowned Argentine Dancer
Julio Bocca is one of the greatest ballet dancers of the latter part of the 20th century, and probably the most important Argentine dancer of all time. Born in 1967 in Munro, a small town in the province of Buenos Aires, Julio Bocca danced his first steps in his mother's studio when he was only 4 years old. Starting his professional career as the first dancer at Theatro Colon in Buenos Aires, he was then invited to join the American Ballet Theatre by Mikhail Baryshnikov, one of the greatest ballet dancers of the 20th century.
From then on he performed with the main dance companies of the world like the Bolshoi of Moscow, the London Royal Ballet, the Scala of Milan, the Zarzuela of Madrid, the Royal Danish ballet of Denmark and the Opera Ballet of Paris, among many others. In 1990 he finally created his own ballet company, Ballet Argentino, with which he has done many tours around the globe, often accompanied by the great Argentine dancer Eleonora Cassano. Julio Bocca has also mixed ballet dancing with tango. In 1998 he appeared in the film 'Tango, no me dejes nunca' (English title: Tango). Julio Bocca said goodbye to the stages with a free show at the Obelisco of Buenos Aires, on December 22, 2007. An estimated crowd of 300,000 people attended his final farewell performance. Many guest artists were presented, from the world of tango, jazz and pop, as well as other celebrated ballet figures, like his long-time colleagues Maximiliano Guerra and Eleonora Cassano, Tamara Rojo, Jose Manuel Carreño, Cecilia Figaredo, 'Ballet Argentino', the great Argentine singer Mercedes Sosa and pop icon Diego Torres, among others.
When the lights finally dimmed, fireworks lit up the sky, and Bocca returned for almost half an hour of wild cheering. The large group of dancers onstage showered him with kisses, flowers and champagne, and the audience was crying. Such emotional and fond farewell. I was very happy that my visit of Buenos Aires coincided with this magnificent spectacle of the superstar. Gracias, Julio.
Congreso de la Nacion
El palacio del Congreso de la Nacion Argentina -sede de la Camara de Senadores y Diputados- fue inaugurado en 1906, pero recien en 1946 quedo definitivamente terminado. Se alza en el extremo opuesto a la Casa Rosada y culminando el eje civico de la Avenida de Mayo.
Dise?ado al estilo del Alto Academicismo Italiano de fines del siglo XIX, el edificio esta integramente revestido en piedra caliza gris, con basamento de granito.
La arquitectura del edificio del Congreso de la Nacion tuvo su origen en los proyectos que se llevaron a cabo en 1895. Concurrieron a este concurso 28 arquitectos, tanto argentinos como extranjeros, algunos de los cuales residian permanentemente en nuestro pais. Meano fue el ganador.
The palace of the Congress of the Argentinian Nation - head office of the Chamber of Senators and Deputies - was inaugurated in 1906, but only in 1946 it was definitively completed. It raises in the end opposite to the Pink House and reaching the civic axis of the Avenue of May.
Designed in the style of the High Italian Academicism of ends of the XIXth century, the building is totally regarment in lime gray stone, with basement of granite. Se realizan visitas guiadas para el publico en general y turistas los dias lunes, martes, miercoles y viernes a las 11 y a las 17 hs. Para solicitar visitas programadas deberan hacerse al telefono: 4370-7532 o acercarse hasta Av. Rivadavia 1864, Piso 3 Oficina 309.
Guided visits for public in general and tourists on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 11 a.m. and at 5 p.m. hs. To request programmed visits call at 4370-7532 or approach up to Av. Rivadavia 1864, 3rd Flat Office 309.
Address: Av. Entre Rios & Rivadavia
Cats of Recoletta Cemetery
We visited Recoleta Cemetery and were surprised at the amount sof cats wandering about. They were friendly creatures and didn't seem to have a care in the world. We found them lounging in front of some mausoleums, on benches, steps and stones. Some of the cats were quite friendly but Rob and I discouraged Liz from picking them up. She was content just to pet a few and even had a black and white cat follow her for a time.
The cats are fed by local women daily, which is probably why they look so healthy.
Summer retreat from Buenos Aires
Tigre is a town located just outside of the Capital Federal on an island in the Paraná Delta. There is a casino, amusement park, many shops, especially furniture shops, restuarants and bars. You can take a boat tour of the different islands and waterways for about $7 pesos. It's about an hour long and you get see the summer homes and the resorts in the area.
Rowing, jetskiing, power boating are very popular here. Several rowing clubs are located here.
Tigre is eisily accessable by train from Retiro station in Buenos Aires. Cost is less than $1 USD for a roundtrip. It's a great place to take a day trip and get away from the hussle and bustle of Buenos Aires.
Colonial Religious Art
This antique shop is tucked at the end of a shopping pavillion in San Telmo (not as bad as it sounds). They have an extensive collection of XVII and XVIII c. Spanish colonial art and silver, mostly religious themed. The dealers are happy to spend time and tell you about the items, certificates of authenticity are availbale - but make sure you ask for them. They are open to discussing price breaks if you pay in cash. A great place to browse or buy. devotional objects from the Jesuit missions in northern Argentina. $300-$1000