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Alejandro Durán the eclectic performer

Alejandro Durán the eclectic performer

People say that gaspar noe’s films are contraindicated for sensitive souls because violence and sex are shown unfiltered. Stimulating scenes that leave no one indifferent. Maybe because of that insurgence of “going out of the box”, of the conventional, of the established, is a film director admired by the actor Alejandro Durán

We know each other in a crowded Santo Domingo terrace and we are surprised by its physiognomy, not only because of his height and composure that has already become relevant on the fashion Dominican runway by the hand of designers like Arcadio Díaz: “I’m privileged to have participated in the “Dominicana Moda” and having learned the importance of energy and cadence when you’re on the catwalk.” In three years, his professional career has been a true explosion that has aroused the culture industry professionals’ interest. He has had outstanding achievements in fashion, films and theater next to acting masters such as Judith Rodríguez and Indiana Brito who have demonstrated their skills in the Bodas de Sangre remake. “I studied Advertising in APEC and despite I always had a special attraction for the arts and drama, mainly because of child games with my mother, I had never considered dedicating myself to it exclusively.” Azar or, if we quote the Romanticism of the Duke of Rivas, Durán combined his university studies with his first steps in the drama world playing the role of a doctor. “A friend took me to an audition. It was a National Geografic series, Prisoner abroad (Preso en el Extranjero). I felt so confident. There I got the casting paper and then I
participated in many ads.” His relationship with a Puerto Rican singer brought him closer to the artistic world. He trained as an actor after directing several workshops with Judith Rodríguez and Indiana Brito: “At that time, I was 34 years old, I could not start an acting career from scratch, but those workshops connected me to the Alejandro who was hidden, and it pushed me to be in front of the audience.” From the BBC series, The Long Song, as extras coordinator and the Canadian CBC series, Caught, he highlights the value of paying attention to details and to well-structured processes. “It is appreciated that it is taken into account the Dominican market for international productions, but we lack that aspect, that methodology in the processes.” He talks confidently about his work, that today has become his passion. “I truly believe in the holistic life. If you have a passion you must arm yourself with courage and do it. With my age I feel that I am beginning to live and trust in what I can and cannot do.” So, when Francisco Valdez told him that he had a role for him in Amigo D, his human being essay, he made the crucial decision of dedicating himself to the culture industry exclusively. “We were in bed and I told my wife that I was going to dedicate myself to this. We both remained silent because we knew the difficulties that decision was going to imply.” Thanks to José María Cabral and his Hotel Coppelia, he played a soldier during the Dominican intervention in 1965. “I feel strong enough to give life to everything I am doing. I truly believe in emotional psychology, in what a character has of me. Maybe later I can go a little slower, but not now, I want to work to the fullest.”

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TEXT: Elena Crespo; IMAGES: Suresh

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