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DANCING THE SILK ROAD with Gulistan Dance Theater
The Milking Parlor at Octagon Barn Center
San Luis Obispo, CA
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DANCING THE SILK ROAD with Gulistan Dance Theater
The California Multicultural Arts Institute presents Carolyn Kruegers GULISTAN DANCE THEATER in concert! Join us in the Milking Parlor at the historic OCTAGON BARN CENTER in San Luis Obispo for DANCING THE SILK ROAD. Treat yourself to this delightful showcase of rarely-seen traditional dances from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan and Iran, with stops in the legendary cities of Bukhara, Samarkand, Khiva, Tashkent, Baku and Tehran. Percussionist RON WAGNER, formerly of Cirque du Soleil, will be featured on the Uzbek doira/frame drum. The concert culminates in a screening of Gulistans short fantasy film, ENCHANTED DUNE, directed by Aygul Maksutova and filmed at Oceano Dunes. A reception with light snacks will follow.

AND JUST ADDED! Guest Storyteller Marie Silva-Alexander!

Gulistans elegant and rhythmic dances, displayed in lavish costumes and enlivened by the artful use of authentic props, evoke the fabled courts and caravansarais of the historic Silk Road. Trained in the art of Central Asian dance by Artistic Director Carolyn Krueger, Gulistans multitalented ensemble includes Gigi Corkett, Jane Glaser, Nikii Henry, Aygul Maksutova, Donna Speckman and Akiko Tanikawa. Gulistan [goo-li-stahn], which means "flower garden" in several Silk Road languages, has performed in Uzbekistan, Turkey, Europe, across the U.S. and throughout California.

Specializing in the refined and nuanced dances of Uzbekistan, Gulistan has been entrusted with over a dozen choreographies by Carolyns mentor, People's Artist of Uzbekistan Viloyat Akilova. We are dedicated to the faithful presentation and preservation of traditional dances of Central Asia and seek to entertain and enlighten audiences by sharing the beauty, joy, grace and humanity inherent in these millennia-old Eastern arts.


. . . American Uzbek Group [Gulistan Dance Theater] was received with great admiration for their premiere show. They captivated audiences with each of their different costumes and authentic dances.  ISTASYON GAZETISI, TURKEY

. . . The citizens watched with particular interest the acclaimed Uzbek dance show [Gulistan Dance Theater] from America. HABER MERKEZ, AKSEHIR, TURKEY

Thank you for your breathtakingly beautiful and organized performance!
Amelie Hunter, International Festival Director, Riverside Community College

The performance last night was amazing!
Marina Araiza, Arts & Cultural Programs, Rio Hondo College

You all were so beautiful and such an excellent addition to our festival. . . You deserve to be seen by many. . . People loved the visual colors and swirl--thanks for keeping the beauty of Central Asia alive!  Sofia Balme, Program Director, MountainFilm Festival, Telluride, Colorado


The Milking Parlor at Octagon Barn Center (View)
4400 Octagon Way
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
United States


Arts > Dance
Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Film > Movies
Music > Folk
Music > World
Other > Family-Friendly

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Carolyn Krueger
On BPT Since: Sep 26, 2019
Carolyn Krueger

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