Originally from Barquisimeto-Venezuela, Mr. Duran is an imaginative choreographer, experienced teacher and dynamic collaborator. He studied at the fundacion Arte Nuevo and danced professionally with the National Ballet of Caracas, Danzahoy, Tulsa Ballet Theatre and eighth consecutive seasons with the Eugene Ballet Company. He has worked with such choreographers as, Vicente Nebrada, Luz and Adriana Urdaneta, Jacques Brocket, Maria Rovira, Mauricio Wainrot, Robert Battle, Edwaard Liang, Jessica Lang and Toni Pimble among others.
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"… I had a great time teaching the modern portion of the Grand Rapids Ballet Summer Intensive, thanks to the invitation of its artistic director and iconic ballerina Patricia Barker. It was really inspiring to see these dedicated young dancers through a period of three weeks diving into my movement style…"
Here is what the hispanic newspaper El Vocero Hispano had to say about my visit to Grand Rapids- Michigan.
I seek work that broadens my creative voice aiming to present provocative and artistically fulfilling pieces . I am drawn to collaborations that nurture my long-time affair with movement, ballet, architecture, visual arts, and different art forms while exploring new ways to let the body do the talking. The work that I do requires a classically trained dancer with the ability and willingness to discover a visceral connection with the material while being present in the moment.
Beyond a traditional form of expression, I consider dance as a powerful tool to ignite dialogues across cultures, artistic disciplines and civic awareness.