Enchanted Dune from the original dance/theater work CROSSINGS. Photo by A & F Sugianto. GULISTAN *goo-li-stahn* means "flower garden" in both Persian and Uzbek and is a fitting name for this unique ensemble's captivating repertoire. Gulistan has appeared on stages throughout California, across the U.S., in Europe and in Uzbekistan.
Photo of Donna Speckman, Jane Glaser and Nikii Henry by Laurel Sternberg.
Founded in 1999 by Los Angeles-based dancer and choreographer Carolyn Krueger, GULISTAN presents both TRADITIONAL and IMAGINATIVE dances rooted in the cultures of the Central Asian Silk Road and the Middle East.
Photo of Carolyn Krueger by Hanneke Luit.
GULISTAN's concerts feature the talents of its highly-trained and versatile seven-member dance ensemble. Attired in dazzling authentic or original costumes, the dancers are accompanied by folk, classical and contemporary music. Productions are enhanced by enchanting masks, props and storytelling, and larger projects include a variety of guest artists.
Nikii Henry and Donna Speckman in the Uyghur dance Sirkaya Usuli. Photo by A & F Sugianto. GULISTAN
is available for concerts, touring, cultural programs, in-school and educational programs, special events,
festivals, children's programs, parties, private and master classes,
workshops, choreography, consulting and lecture-demonstrations.
Donna Speckman, Jane Glaser, Nikii Henry and Monica Ramos in the Uzbek dance Charzarb.
Photo by Hanneke Luit.
"The troupe . . . is
composed of strong performers capable of expressing both humor . . . and
mystery." Leslie Jones, Examiner.com (8/09)
Nikii Henry and Alexandra Rozo in Mountain Ancestors from CROSSINGS. Photo by A & F Sugianto.
"The combination of dance, music, song, humor, costumes, masks and color at an incredible venue made for a special experience." Bob MacDonald CSA, Feature Film Casting Director, Los Angeles
Jane Glaser and Donna Speckman as Rainbearers in CROSSINGS. Photo by A & F Sugianto. Jane Glaser, Monica Ramos, Nikii Henry and Donna Speckman in the Uzbek dance Guldasta.
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