The Power of Imagination

"['Crossings' was] . . . truly mythic, touching indeed on secrets, even Mysteries in the religious sense of the term. 
Carolyn Krueger's choreographies drew on the traditional 
movements of Central Asian and Persian dance . . . 
to present a very modern theatrical dance performance."  
Leslie Jones, Examiner.com (8/09)

GULISTAN Artistic Director Carolyn Krueger enlarges upon tradition by creating original dance theater works inspired by the arts and cultures of the Silk Road and beyond.

Original Full-Length Dance Theater Works:

A name not usually associated with Uzbekistan, Langston Hughes is the author of several articles on Uzbek dance and theater which were published in American magazines in 1934. A major figure in the Harlem Renaissance, Hughes received an offer in 1932 to work in Moscow as a screenwriter for a Soviet film. The film project was abandoned and Hughes opted to tour Soviet Central Asia well into 1933. The narrative for this unique production, which premiered in 2017, is composed of snippets from Langston’s articles, excerpts from his 1956 memoir I Wonder As I Wander, and poetry from his travel notebooks.

The boldest of Gulistan's productions, Crossings received multiple nominations for the Lester Horton Award. Four years in the making, this 11-part suite navigates imaginary landscapes where mythical beings journey through the seasons and across dimensions in a spectacular collage of alchemy and ornament.

This delightful production features stories and antics of Nasreddin Hodja, the wise fool of the Silk Road. 

Gulistan's adaptation of the Persian folk tale Princess Firuza and the Horse Prince, was created for the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood. This production was the subject of Firoozeh Khatibi's Radiofarda Persian language broadcast for Voice of America in the U.S., Iran, Tajikistan and Afghanistan.

Photos on this page by Marga Buitendijk, Kayte Deioma, Wojciech Fry-Lewis, Herb Kissling, Chris Laudermilk, Hanneke Luit, Bob Miller, Leora Saul, A & F Sugianto. 

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