Stage Director (Sant Llorenç des Cardassar, 1963)
After working as a director’s assistant in several productions, in the 1990s Rafel began to direct his own shows in the alternative theatres in Barcelona and he founded La d’Hac Theatre Company to be able to present his more personal ideas. Among the most important plays he directed at that time are L’alfabet de l’aigua, written by himself, Perifèria Koltès, by B.M. Koltès and Hurracan by Enric Nolla.
In 2000 he premiered a play for the first time in the great Teatre Nacional de Catalunya (TNC): El coronel ocell, by Hristo Boitxev. Thanks to the enthusiastic reviews and the approval of the audience he obtained, Durán began a new phase in his career, becoming a regular at the TNC, where in this time he has presented, among other works: La dama enamorada, by Joan Puig i Ferrater; El café de la marina, by Josep Maria de Sagarra; A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen; A View from the Bridge, by Arthur Miller, and Mort de Dama, by Llorenç Villalonga. The latter play, which received over ten prizes, established him as one of the most outstanding stage directors in the Catalan theatre.
However, Durán does not restrict himself to premiering big productions in the TNC, but still directs plays in other smaller theatres, is a lecturer at the Insitut del Teatre and has also been responsible for the stage direction of operas like Carmen, Trenes de Marzo and L’elisir d’amore.