She moved to the South fifteen years ago, she left with her daughter Francesca (18) in search of lakes, immense skies and winds, which in their gusts bring back to Bárbara Hoffmann (41) endearing memories of her father, Sergio Denis, who so much enjoyed every time I visited her there. There is barely a month left until the second anniversary of his tragic death (in March 2019, during a show at the Mercedes Sosa theater in Tucumán, he fell from the stage into a pit and without being able to recover, he died on May 15, 2019). 2020, at 71 years old), and that is why the second of the three children that the beloved artist had with Mirta Susana Messi (the others are Federico, 43, and Victoria, 39) remembers him with HELLO! “I left alone with my daughter with the idea that she would grow up with more space, in the middle of nature. Dad used to come here a lot in the summer because it was the time when he was more relaxed at work, we almost always spent the holidays together here and he enjoyed it because I live in Lago Puelo, which is somewhat remote. He loved tranquility, going unnoticed, ”says Barby, who owns a shoe brand that bears his name and graduated as a costume designer at a school dependent on the Teatro Colón.
-Tell me about your father, the man not famous…
-He was a great father, he was not very different from what was seen in public. He was charismatic, very loving and very humble despite everything that life gave him. I always tell that to walk a block with him you had to calculate about 20 minutes because everyone stopped him. As a girl it was difficult for me because the normal things that children do with their parents, like going to the movies or to an amusement park, we couldn’t do. It was the 80s, the time when it was in full swing. His work demanded constant travel and he would go on tour for three months, without the possibilities that exist now, but despite physical absences on birthdays or special dates, he was always present in some way. That permanent contact with us and with mom, despite the fact that they had separated years ago, remained intact until the end.
– How old were you when you separated?
–They separated in 1988, I was 8 years old, but she was by his side until the last day. In recent years, Dad lived around the corner from Mom’s house and they dealt with each other on a daily basis: they were friends. They saw each other, they spent a lot of time together and he counted on his opinion even in their clothes. For example, if he went to a TV show, he would ask her what to wear.
–An indelible memory?
–I was the first to give them a grandson and I was very young. When she found out she was a shock because we weren’t expecting her, but it’s amazing how grandparenting turns on when it happens. The day my daughter was born, dad wanted to go into the delivery room and mom reminded him how impressed she had been with our births, he got so nervous that he almost fainted… It’s tender to remember that. [Se ríe]. She always wanted to be. He was a glorious grandfather. It was hard for him and mom when we came to the South, although they understood that it was a positive change.
–Which of his songs is your favorite?
-They change over time, but dad’s music always accompanies me. Before, I also listened to his interviews, but not anymore because I cry. When dad happened, I began to understand a lot of things. For example, “I love you so much” always seemed like a hit, but it wasn’t among my favorites. Today I became aware that it is a song that traveled the world, beyond Manchester or Bayern, even Japanese fans sang it. That excited him a lot because he was a great soccer fan; in fact, he came to play in the Primera de Coronel Suárez, which is where he was born. With that song I was able to take on the full dimension of what dad was as an artist. Later, I really like the old, he has records from the divine 70s. The other day I uploaded a song to my networks that I didn’t even remember. I like to do it to keep his work current. Many people follow my account for that reason, because I post photos, things from before. Through us people feel that a part of him is still there. I know he would have liked it because for most of his life he kept giving it to his audience. So as a daughter I feel that obligation.
-Writing, also, is something you love.
-I have published a book, A short story. A long love, and later, together with the literary workshop I went to for about five years, we jointly published several poetry and short stories.
– Is there any news in the case?
-March 11 marked three years since Dad’s fall and until a week before they had only removed the prosecutor who was there and put the prosecutor Mariano Fernández. In addition to the criminal case, we are now starting the civil lawsuit. The last thing that was done last year was a medical board that determined that dad died as a result of the fall and not from something else that could have happened before, which is something that was very clear, but it had to be done. It was made in Tucumán. Something incredible is that the director of the theater is still in his position, they did not remove him or initiate any investigation, although now he is with our demand. There are many irregularities. Lawyer Diego Colombo, who is leading the case, posted on the website that the theater was not enabled, nor was the catwalk where dad fell. After his fall they closed it for only one day for expert reports. We believe that at least the theater should have remained closed until what happened on March 11 was clarified. But as this does not happen either, the pain and sadness in the face of so much laziness are very great.