Argentinian ballet dancer Julio Bocca has given the very last performance of his career before hundreds of thousands of fans, choosing to bow out on an open-air stage in Buenos Aires.
The free show was the culmination of a year-long goodbye tour which Julio Bocca said had, at times, reduced him to tears.
“The whole tour was so exciting,” said Bocca. “The people knew that this was the last time, so they came to the shows in a different mood. All the people were standing, and clapping.”
Bocca was a child prodigy, dancing in competitions from the age of four. His mother was a dance instructor.
The Barishnykov of Latin America won the gold medal at the International Ballet Competition in Moscow in 1985, at the age of just 18. He also danced in the controversial film Tango which was nominated for an Oscar.
Bocca will not be leaving the world of dance altogether. He will now concentrate on directing the ballet company he founded.