Spanish-Argentine choreographer and dancer, Julio
Lopez completed his studies of choreographic techniques, dance
and pedagogy at the Conservatory Dance School of the University
of Chile, under the guidance and supervision of remarkable
teachers such as: Seegur Leeder, Lola Botka, Hans Züllig
(Ballet Joos), Patricio Bunster, Heinz Poll, Joan Turner, Dorinda
Brown, among others.
He has also attended several other courses at the San
Francisco Ballet School with Harold and Lew Christensen;
the Joffrey School of New York with Robert
Joffrey, Scott Douglas and Violet
Verdy; the American School of New York
with Stanley Williams; the Folkwang Schule
of EssenWerden with Kurt Joos, Hans ZÜllig
and Me. Bártos. Has studied the "Benesh"
system for the Dance Notation and Drama at the Municipal Drama
School in Buenos Aires.
In 1962, he was invited by the Chilean National Ballet,
directed by Ernst Uthoff (Ballet Joos), with
whom he becomes a soloist dancer, participating in various international
tours in America, such as: International Dance Festival S.O.D.R.E.
of Montevideo (Uruguay), Guanabara Festival of Rio de Janeiro
(Brasil), and an extensive tournee in the United States, including
performances at the New York City Theatre.
Starting in 1967, he became very active in Europe, at the Stuttgart
an Munich Operas in Germany under John Cranko`s direction, with
tours to the international festivals at spoletto in Italy an to
Hammamet-Cartago in Tunesia where he interpreted creations by
John Cranko, Kenneth Mac Millan, and Peter Wright, and in several
performances for German television.
During 1970/72 he danced with Oscar Araiz at
Teatro Gral. San Martin (Buenos Aires).
After auditionnig, Julio Lopez joined in 1975 the Ballet of the
Colon Opera House in Buenos Aires and danced all the classic repertoire
His choreographic work included many productions created for
the Teatro Colón, Teatro Gral. San Martin, Teatro Argentino,
NucleoDanza, Ballet Argentino (Julio Bocca), all in Argentina;
Palacio de las Artes (Belo Horizonte/Brasil); Ballet Cisne Negro
(San Pablo/Brasil); National Eslovenian Opera
Ballet (Ljubljana); Ballet Concierto (Puerto Rico);
San Carlo de Nápoles (Italia). He also
participated as a choreographer with the following reggiseurs:
Jaime Kogan ("Mahagonny" "La Forza del Destino"),
Roberto Oswald ("Bormazo" "Aida"), Sergio
Renan ("Otelo"), Beni Montresor ("Sanson and Delilah").
"Huis Clos", based on a play by J.P.
Sartre, was created in 1986 for the Contemporary Ballet of the
Teatro Gral. San Martin . "LA CASA DE BERNARDA ALBA"
was specially commissioned by the Colon Opera House, and given
its immediate success, he was invited to present it at the Slovenian
Opera House (Ljubljana 1991) and in San Carlo de Naples, (Italy
1991). Two years later, he created "A
MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM" for the National Slovenian
His artistic career is linked to three of the world´s best
known dancers: Maya Plissetskaya (Bolshoi Theatre),
Julio Bocca (Gold Medal Moscow/85), and Maximiliano
Guerra (Gold Medal Varna/88), and he choreographed
several of the works in wich they performed.
Mrs. Maya Plissetskaya premiered "EL
REÑIDERO", Argentine version of "Electra"
during the 1995 season at the Colon Opera House in Buenos Aires.
Julio Bocca premiered "PIAZZOLLA
IN CONCERT", "HOMMO VITALIS"
(Panamerican Sports/95), "TWO WORLDS"
(premiered at the International Festival of Spoletto
(Italy) and Santander (Spain 1990) and "KUARAHY",
a multimedia-show that throws a reflective perspective on the
Latin America's history.
M. Guerra premiered "WE HAD A CHANCE"
and "CONTRABASS FOR ONE MAN ALONE",
was awarded a prize as the best choreography at the International
Dance Festival in Varna/88). In 1995 specially commissioned
by newspaper "Clarin" on its 50th anniversary, "SECOND
RHAPSODY" (G.Gershwin). It was danced by
J. Bocca and M. Guerra together for the first time.
Also, he was invited to attend different competitions as a Jury
member, including MAYA/96 International Dance Competition
in St. Petersburg (Russia) and Joinville Dance Competition
(Brazil) on several occasions.