Gillmer Duran

Faculty member for the GRB Summer Intensive 2014

Bio

Originally from Barquisimeto
 Venezuela, Mr. Duran studied at the 
Fundacion Arte Nuevo and danced
 professionally with the National 
Ballet of Caracas, Danzahoy, Tulsa 
Ballet Theatre and eighth 
consecutive seasons with Eugene 
Ballet Company. He worked with 
choreographers such as, Vicente 
Nebrada, Luz Urdaneta, Jacques
Brocket, Maria Rovira, Mauricio
Wainrot, Robert Battle, Edwaard Liang and Jessica Lang among others. His versatility and intuition allowed him to perform a variety of classical and contemporary roles. He participated in the National Choreographers Initiative 2007 in Irvine, California. In May of 2008, he was part of the event 4X4 Ballet Project with Oregon Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet and San Francisco Ballet presented by White Bird in Portland Oregon. He also created pieces for the Drop Dance Collective, The Woman Space Foundation engaging in several creative collaborations with Toni Pimble, while dancing with the Eugene Ballet company. The National Dance Project and the New England Foundation for the Arts selected him as part of the Regional Dance Development Initiative (RDDI) in Portland-Oregon, among nine other dance artists from the Pacific northwest region. In June of 2010, his work Inference for Coriolis Dance Collective was presented at the Chop-shop Festival in Seattle. In October of 2011, he relocated to Anchorage as Alaska Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director and resident choreographer repositioning its company brand through a broad-based repertoire, including a recent tour to the Boston Contemporary Dance festival 2013 funded entirely through a kickstarter campaign. Besides experimenting with vocabularies like safety-release technique, gaga-based movement, classical form and improvisation, Mr. Duran is always in search for new collaborations and creative conversations with different ensembles.

Media

Gillmer Duran’s Othello