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Dances of the Central Asian Silk Road

Gulistan *goo-li-stahn*—which means "flower garden" or "place of colors" in both Uzbek and Persian—is a boutique dance ensemble based in Los Angeles, California. GDT's performances sweep audiences away to Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, East Turkestan, Azerbaijan, and Iran, with stops in the fascinating cities of Samarkand, Bukhara, Tashkent, Khiva, Kashgar, Baku, Tehran, and more. Displayed in authentic, festive costumes and enlivened by the artful use of traditional props, Gulistan's elegant and rhythmic dances evoke the courts and caravansaries of the historic and fabled Silk Road.


"American Uzbek Group was received with great admiration for their premiere show. They captivated audiences with each of their different costumes and authentic dances." Istasyon Gazetisi, Konya, Turkey

Tradition Meets Imagination

Gulistan is dedicated to the faithful presentation of authentic women's dance traditions of Central Asia. GDT also offers original, imaginative theatrical productions inspired by those traditions. With every performance, Gulistan seeks to entertain, enlighten, and educate audiences by sharing the beauty, joy, grace, and humanity  expressed through these millennia-old Eastern arts. 

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