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Calendar & Performance History

1999-present

2021

Saturday, March 6, 2021, 8-9:30 pm Gulistan Dance Theater is featured in this special event.

2020

Saturday, March 7, 2020, 7 pm -9 pm The California Multicultural Arts Institute presents Gulistan in concert. Join us for DANCING THE SILK ROAD at the historic Octagon Barn Center in San Luis Obispo. This concert of traditional Central Asian dance culminates in a screening of Gulistan's short fantasy film ENCHANTED DUNE, directed by Aygul Maksutova and filmed at Oceano Dunes. A Reception with light refreshments will follow.

April, 2020 WONDERFUL NEWS about Aygul Maksutova’s film, starring Gulistan Dance Theater. ENCHANTED DUNE has just hit the big time! It's been chosen by AMAZON PRIME VIDEO US! The category they chose could't be more perfect: ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT, and CULTURE. They nailed it in 3 words! It's also available on Amazon Prime UK, RoW. So, please enjoy ENCHANTED DUNE while you are sheltering at home and please rate it, comment and share. CONGRATULATIONS to Aygul and the entire cast and crew!

2019

Saturday, March 2 at 3:00 pm Carolyn Krueger performs Uzbek dances with Dr. Tanya Merchant's Eurasian Ensemble at UC Santa Cruz. This free concert will be held in the Music Center Recital Hall on campus. More Info at:


 http://arts.ucsc.edu/news_events/eurasian-ensemble-1. Parking is $5.00.

Saturday, March 23, 7-9 pm

Gulistan performs Central Asian dances in A Call 2Peace-Multimedia Events Concert Series featuring a roster of some of LA's finest musicians. The concert will be held at The Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405. Tickets are $29 at the door. More Info at:

http://acall2peace.org [email protected]

Saturday, June 8, 6:10 pm

Gulistan dancer, Aygul Maksutova, will perform a new Uzbek solo choreographed by Carolyn Krueger. The performance takes place at the Glendale Civic Auditorium for Cairo Shimmy Quake.

Saturday, June 29, 7:00 pm

Gulistan Dance Theater has been invited to perform in the Leigh Purtill Ballet Company Gala at the Colony Theater in Burbank, CA. Gulistan will perform Persian and Azeri dances. Check this page for upcoming ticket info: http://www.leighpurtillballet.com/performances/

Tuesday-Saturday, July 9-13

Gulistan Dance Theater will perform by invitation in the 25th International Folk Festival "Eleni Limniati" in Loutraki, Greece. The entire company will travel to Athens and then on to Loutraki in Northern Pelepponese where we will perform concerts of Uzbek dance.

Sunday, October 22, 3-5 pm

World Premiere of Gulistan’s magical short film ENCHANTED DUNE. Directed by company member Aygul Maksutova, the film has been selected for the 20th Annual Los Angeles Polish Film Festival.

2018

Gulistan performing in Croatia in 2017

Monday & Tuesday April 30 & May 1 Filming of "Enchanted Dune" at Ocean Dunes in Pismo Beach, California. Look for the completed film in the months ahead!

Saturday, November 3 Gulistan will perform a suite featuring traditional dance styles of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan and Iran at Winter Cairo Shimmy Quake. Click on the link for details.

2017

Saturday, February 11, 2017 Alchemy of Woman - Langston & Lorca is a creative collaboration between Gulistan Dance Theater and Mari Sandoval's Flamenco Dance Theater. Concert begins at 7:30 pm at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre in Santa Monica.

Sunday, March 5, 2017 Private Uzbek Wedding performance.

Friday, April 14, 2017 at 2pm Gulistan performs at Cal State University Channel Islands in Camarillo for their International Week. Uzbek, Uyghur, Persian and

Azeri dances will be featured.

Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 4pm Gulistan performs in "Motions Across the Ocean" at the Calabasas Performing Arts Education Center. Watch this page for details.

Saturday, May 13 at 7pm Gulistan performs in "Passport to the Silk Road" in Encinitas, CA. For details visit

Friends of the Arts.

August 23-27, 2017 Gulistan is traveling to the Adriatica Folk Festival in Croatia where we have been invited to perform Uzbek and Uyghur dances!

2016

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 Gulistan will perform at the Ebell Women's Club's Holiday Program in Los Angeles.

Tuesday-Saturday, July 5-10, 2016 By invitation, GULISTAN will perform Central Asian dances in the Aksehir International Folklore Festival and Nasreddin Hoca Senlikleri (Festival of Hodja Nasreddin) in AKSEHIR, TURKEY.

Saturday, March 19, 2016 Celebrate Persian New Year (Noruz) with Gulistan at the 2nd Annual Los Angeles Persian Parade starting at Noon. Gulistan will perform in the Parade and again onstage.

2015

Friday, October 16, 2015 Gulistan performs in TuTu Foundation's annual dance concert at the James R. Armstrong Theatre in Torrance, CA. This Free concert begins at 8pm.

Monday, August 3, 2015 Gulistan dancer and filmmaker Aygul Maksutova shoots music video for Gulistan at Zorthian Ranch.

Saturday, April 4, 2015 Gulistan performs at UC San Diego in their 37th annual Cultural Celebration for Triton Admit Day. At 1:00 pm, Gulistan will take the stage with Uzbek dances from Bukhara, Samarkand, Khiva and Tashkent.

Sunday, March 8, 2015 Gulistan Dance Theater performs with the UC Santa Cruz Eurasian Ensemble in its annual concert of Central Asian music. Directed by

Dr. Tanya Merchant, the ensemble has invited Gulistan to perform several classical Uzbek dances. Dancers include Nikii Henry, Carolyn Krueger, Aygul Maksutova, Donna Speckman, Akiko Tanikawa and Chi Zhang. Master Percussionist Abbos Kosimov is also featured. Concert is free at 3:00 pm in the Music Center Recital Hall. Visit the Arts Page at UC Santa Cruz for more details.

Saturday, January 17, 2015 Gulistan Dance Theater performs for an Uzbek wedding a the Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel.

2014

September 27, 2014 Gulistan will perform in the San Pedro TriArt Festival on Saturday at 1:45 pm. See link for details.

June 22, 2014 Carolyn Krueger will teach a workshop at DanceGarden on steps, styling and staging of the folkloric Iranian dance Bandari. 1-4 pm; for details click here.

April 26, 2014 Gulistan performs two Uzbek dances in the Ojai Bellydance Festival's Evening Concert.

April 6, 2014 Eighth Day Arts presents Gulistan in Hodja's Caravan. Travel the Silk Road with Gulistan Dance Theater and Nasreddin Hodja, the Wise Fool of the Middle East and Central Asia. With storyteller Marie Silva-Alexander as your guide, Gulistan’s tour of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Iran, Azerbaijan and Chinese Turkestan is sure to enchant with its array of traditional dances and costumes, and the charming wit and wisdom of Nasreddin Hodja. Don’t miss this brand-new program created especially for Eighth Day Arts! Sunday, 3pm, at the Cat in the Lotus, 123 N. Maryland Avenue, Glendale, CA 91206. Tickets $12 advance purchase; $15 at the door. Order tickets: www.eighthdayarts.com or 818-357-9949.

2013

October 4-6, 2013 Gulistan performs in an Evening of Experimental Middle Eastern Dance (EEMED) at the Electric Lodge Theatre, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice, CA 90291. Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 7pm.

September 27-29, 2013 Gulistan performs in an Evening of Experimental Middle Eastern Dance (EEMED) at the Electric Lodge Theatre, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice, CA 90291. Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 7pm.

June 2, 2013 Gulistan performs at Cairo Caravan at 11:11 am! A suite of three traditional dances includes Sirkaya Usuli (Uyghur), Zarduz (Bukharan), and Sanameh (Tajik). See you there!

June 1, 2013 Carolyn Krueger performs in Cairo Caravan's Gala Show at 8:30 pm.

June 1, 2013 Carolyn Krueger teaches an Uzbek Dance Workshop at Cairo Caravan from 4:30-6:30pm.

May 31, 2013 Carolyn teaches a Persian Dance Workshop at Cairo Caravan from 4:30-6:30pm.

May 26-June 26, 2013 Courage and Beauty: Central Asian Women - An exhibit of paintings by Laurel Sternberg featuring tableaux of Gulistan Dance Theater. Olam Einan Gallery, Azrieli Center, Modiin, Israel. Videos of Gulistan will be shown at the Opening Reception, 6:30-8:30 pm, May 30.

April 12, 2013 Carolyn performs with Pars National Ballet at Buckley School.

March 9, 2013 Gulistan dancers Nikii Henry and Donna Speckman perform an Uyghur classical dance for an event hosted by Ian Price highlighting Uyghur culture; 3:30 pm at The Pacific Arts Center.

2012

August 4, 2012 EVERY SATURDAY starting 8/4/12--Central Asian Dance Fundamentals with Carolyn Krueger.

April 14, 2012 Carolyn performs Uzbek dance for an "Evening of International Music and Dance"--a fundraiser for the Institute for Religious Tolerance, Peace and Justice (IRTPJ) at Roberts Auditorium, Loyola Marymount University.

2011

November 2, 2011 Private class for Sabuha Shahnaz, visiting dance artist from Germany.

September 8, 2011 AMSTERDAM--Visit to rehearsal of the International Dance Ensemble Paloina with Managing Director Katja Oostergetel.

September 6, 2011 AMSTERDAM--Private class for Elpida Soltani. Ms. Sultani videotapted Ms. Krueger demonstrating Uzbek movement vocabulary from the Ferghana, Khorezm and Bukharan theatrical styles.

September 4, 2011 THE NETHERLANDS--Uzbek Dance Workshop at the 29th Biddinghuizin DOE DANS International Dance Festival.

September 2 & 3, 2011 THE NETHERLANDS--Gulistan Dance Theater is featured by invitation in the 29th Biddinghuizin DOE DANS International Dance Festival performing Central Asian dances in four evening concerts.

June 4, 2011 Two Shows! Saturday from 3-5pm & 7-9pm. Gulistan dancers guest with Adam Basma's Middle Eastern Dance & Music Company in Fiesta Hall at Plummer Park, West Hollywood.

Starting May 26, 2011 NEW DANCE CLASS! Taught by Gulistan Artistic Director Carolyn Krueger. Silk & Soul: Dances of Uzbekistan is a beginning/intermediate level class at DanceGardenLA in Atwater VIllage.

2010

January 29, 2010 GULISTAN performs Mountain Ancestors, from the Winter Suite in Crossings, for the Malice Dreaming Productions concert "Winterbourne" at Studio A Dance, 2306 Hyperion Avenue, LA 90027 (Silver Lake). Two shows--8pm & 10pm. See 08/15/09 for a description of "Crossings."

January 30, 2010

GULISTAN performs traditional Central Asian dances in a Festival of World Dance at the new Dance Fantasy Cultural Arts Center, 10600 Victory Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91606.

March 6, 2010 GULISTAN invited to perform Persian and Central Asian dances with BELLYTWINS for Pakistan TV's Pakistani Awards Show at the Sheraton Park Hotel, Anaheim Resort.

March 14, 2010 GULISTAN dancers perform improvisational Persian dance to live accompaniment at the 2nd Annual Nowruz (Iranian New Year) Festival at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Sponsored by the Farhang Foundation.

May 6, 2010 7pm to 9pm - Carolyn Krueger performs Central Asian and Persian dance at the Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) in a program celebrating the exhibit BOLD ABSTRACTIONS: Textiles from Central Asia and Iran. Directed by Rowan Storm, the performance features storytelling, musical performances by Rowan Storm, Tanya Merchant and Neil Siegel, and additional dances by Travis Jarrell.

May 16, 2010 GULISTAN RECEIVES TWO NOMINATIONS! The Dance Resource Center of Los Angeles holds its annual Lester Horton Awards Celebration on 5/16. Nominations are in two categories: Outstanding Achievement in World Dance for Crossings, an original full-length dance theater work; and Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design--Nikii Henry and Carolyn Krueger for "Enchanted Dune" (opening piece in Crossings--photo left).

July 16, 17 & 18, 2010 GULISTAN presents YOLDOSH ("Traveler"), a full-length concert of Traditional Central Asian Dance AND it's original production CROSSINGS at The Arena Stage @ Theatre of the Arts in Hollywood. Shows at 8pm Fri & Sat; 2pm Sun.

August 29, 2010 Painter Laurel Sternberg photographs GULISTAN in preparation for her new series of 12 paintings depicting traditional scenes of Central Asian dancers and women. Gulistan created several tableaux for the photo session.

2009

08/15/09 First performance of Caravan of Secrets--a shared concert with Zahra Zuhair at Electric Lodge, Venice, CA. GULISTAN premieres its full-length piece Crossings in which mythical beings journey through the seasons and across dimensions in a kinetic collage of alchemy and ornament.

08/16/09 Matinee and evening performances of Caravan of Secrets--a shared concert with Zahra Zuhair at Electric Lodge, Venice, CA. GULISTAN premieres its full-length piece Crossings in which mythical beings journey through the seasons and across dimensions in a kinetic collage of alchemy and ornament.

08/30/09 GULISTAN invited to perform Crossings for Elisabeth Waldo's series of Sunday Afternoon Concerts at the Rancho Cordillera del Norte, Northridge, CA.

2008

03/18/08 Concert at the Fairchild Theater, Michigan State University, sponsored by the Asian Studies Center.

06/14/08 GULISTAN dancer Nikii Henry performs her solo, "Protection," choreographed by C. Krueger, for Malice Dreaming Productions concert at Studio A.

09/20/08 Concert for American Association of University Women, Glendale, CA.

10/17/08-10/19/08 GULISTAN performs "Enchanted Dune" for Amara's Experimental Evening of Middle Eastern Dance (EEMED) at Electric Lodge, Venice, CA.

10/24/08-10/26-09 GULISTAN performs "Enchanted Dune" for Amara's Experimental Evening of Middle Eastern Dance (EEMED) at Electric Lodge, Venice, CA.

2007

03/11/07 GULISTAN performs in Generations, produced by Open Gate Theatre at Eagle Rock Center for the Arts and curated by Laurie Buenafe Krsmanovic.

03/23/07 Performance at Connelly High School (private girls' school), Anaheim, CA.

06/10/07 Cairo Carnivale.

11/17/07 GULISTAN performs in DanceGarden showcase, Atwater, CA.

2006

03/20/06 Bahai Noruz celebration, Westlake Village, CA.

06/11/06 Cairo Carnivale.

08/06/06 Mother's Day Celebration at the Duoc Su Buddhist Temple in Garden Grove--sponsored by the Association of Vietnamese Buddhist Nuns in America.

10/06/06 "TaXim" dance showcase at Studio Iqaat in Los Angeles.

2005

02/26/05 "Silk Road Legacy" workshop and show, Ridgecrest, CA.

03/20/05 Baha'i Noruz celebration, Westlake Village, CA.

07/9 & 07/10/05 "A Glimpse of the Stars" dance showcase produced by Alexandra, Riverside, CA.

07/23/05 GULISTAN performs in Ford Amphitheatre's Big!World!Fun! Family Series. Based on the classic Persian tale "Princess Firuza and the Horse Prince," Gulistan's original production traces the journey of the brave Princess Firuza to the far reaches of her father's kingdom as she encounters dancing fairies, demons and magical beings along the way.

08/05 Carolyn Krueger's radio interviews for Persian language Voice of America about her production of "Princess Firuza and the Horse Prince" are broadcast in Afghanistan and Iran.

2004

02/29/04 Temple Adat Ari El, Valley Village.

05/15/0 C. Krueger solo performance in UCLA Gala for Shirin Ebadi, winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize for Peace.

06/13/04 Cairo Carnivale.

6/15/04 Awards ceremony "Celebrating Excellence--Los Angeles" produced by Wilda Spalding, founder/president of the International Human Rights Consortium.

07/10/04-07/11/04 "A Glimpse of the Stars" produced by Alexandra, Riverside, CA.

08/28/04 Alexandra King's "Moon Over Morocco," Natural History Museum, Santa Barbara.

08/29/04 Persian Dance Workshop for "Moon Over Morocco."

09/18/04 MECDA's Festival of Dancing Colors Gala Show "Silk Road Stories," Corona Civic Auditorium, Corona, CA.

11/21/04 Alexandra presents Carolyn's workshop in Uzbek dance at UC Riverside.

2003

05/03 GULISTAN performances broadcast on Tashkent Television, Uzbekistan.

06/08/03 Cairo Carnivale.

08/02/03 GULISTAN and its Chashma Music Ensemble perform in Ford Amphitheatre's Big!World!Fun! Family Series.

10/26/03 St. Jane Frances de Chantal Church Festival, North Hollywood.

10/26/03 In the Garden of the Caravansary: Dance and Music of the Silk Road starring Viloyat Akilova and featuring GULISTAN; Plummer Park, West Hollywood.

11/19/03 Wray Theater, Rio Hondo College, presents GULISTAN in Postcards from the Silk Road, a full-evening program of traditional music and dance, Whittier, CA.

11/22/03 C. Krueger Guest Soloist for the Middle East Ensemble's Winter Concert, UC Santa Barbara.

11/29/03 Baha'i wedding reception.

2002

01/13/02 Central Asian Dance Workshop by C. Krueger, Millennium Dance Complex, North Hollywood.

01/25/02 Four performances of GULISTAN's educational program, "Silk and Sand," Century Park Elementary School.

03/02 C. Krueger serves as music consultant for NBC television pilot "War Stories."

05/25/02 & 05/26/02 Four performances by GULISTAN at the MountainFilm Documentary Film Festival in Telluride, Colorado, as part of the "Mountains of Islam" symposium. Performances held in the Victorian-era Sheridan Opera House, the Ah Haa School Art Gallery, and Elks Park.

06/08/02 Cairo Carnivale.

07/21 & 28 & 08/04/02 Workshop Series in Uzbek Classical Dance taught by C. Krueger, Screenland Studios, Burbank.

10/20/02 Persian bridal shower, Westwood.

11/27/02 Four performances o f GULISTAN's educational program, "Silk and Sand," Rosemont Middle School.

2001

01/01-08/01 "Silk and Sand" Educational Performances and Workshops for Performing Tree.

01/27/01 GULISTAN featured in "Borderland" dance concert curated by Laurie Buenafe, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa.

02/03/01 C. Krueger solo performance for Performing Tree's Arts Exploration series, Torrance Cultural Center.

04/01-06/01 C. Krueger Visiting Lecturer, UC Santa Barbara Dance Department, teaching Uzbek and Persian dance.

05/18/01-05/19/01 C. Krueger Guest Choreographer for Middle East Ensemble's Spring Concert, UC Santa Barbara.

06/07/01 GULISTAN concert for American Association of University Women, Ocean View Ballroom, Belmont Shore.

09/15/01-09/30/01 Master Choreographer Viloyat Akilova of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in residence with Gulistan Dance Theater.

12/02/01 GULISTAN featured in "Tapestry of America" benefit dance concert, Temple Bar, Santa Monica.

2000

01/00-06/00 "Silk and Sand" Educational Programs and Workshops for ICAP and Performing Tree, Los Angeles.

02/08/00 C. Krueger solo performance for YWCA Benefit Luncheon (for children with cancer in Iran), Beverly Hills.

04/27/00 Lecture-Demonstration on Central Asian Dance, Riverside Community College.

08/25-8/27/00 Master Classes in Persian Dance for "Moon Over Morocco," Santa Barbara.

08/26/00 GULISTAN featured in "Moon Over Morocco" concert produced by Alexandra King, Center Stage Theatre, Santa Barbara.

11/09/00 C. Krueger Guest Artist in Eastern Arts concert at Brigham Young University Museum, Provo, Utah.

11/10/00 C. Krueger Guest Artist in the Eastern Arts "WorlDance" Concert, Kingsbury Hall, University of Utah, Salt Lake City.

1999

01/99-05/99 C. Krueger serves as Choreographer-in-Residence, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa.

02/09/99 C. Krueger solo performance for YWCA Benefit Luncheon (for children with cancer in Iran), Beverly Hills.

02/26/99-02/28/99 C. Krueger Guest Soloist, Po Na Na Dance Theater's "Layla & Majnun," Barnsdall ArtPark Gallery Theater, Hollywood.

03/06/99 C. Krueger teaches Children's Art Workshop in conjunction with Royal Persian Paintings Exhibit, UCLA/Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

03/07/99 GULISTAN concert of Turkish Dance and Music in conjunction with Letters in Gold exhibit of Ottoman Calligraphy, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Bing Theater.

03/16/99 C. Krueger solo performance, Multicultural Fair, La Verne University.

03/24/99 C. Krueger solo performance, Iranian Music Association's Cultural Evening, Van Nuys.

04/03/99 Persian Wedding Show, Park Hyatt Hotel, Century City.

04/16/99-04/17/99 C. Krueger Guest Choreographer, Persian Bandari Suite for Student Dance Concert, Robert B. Moore Theatre, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa.

05/01/99 GULISTAN performs A Persian Garden: Concert of Qajar Dances in conjunction with Royal Persian Paintings Exhibit, UCLA/Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

05/15/99 Persian Wedding Show, Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills.

05/22/99 C. Krueger solo performance, Iranian Music Association Concert, Los Angeles Airport Hilton.

06/05/99 C. Krueger Guest Soloist, Po Na Na Dance Theater's "Layla & Majnun," Rio Hondo College, Whittier, CA.

06/06/99 C. Krueger concert of Central Asian/North African Dances with Guest Zahra Zuhair, Friends of the Los Alamitos-Rossmoor Library, Seal Beach, CA.

06/26/99 Persian Wedding Show, Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills.

08/06/99 C. Krueger Solo Persian Wedding Show, La Venta Inn, Palos Verdes Estates.

08/06/99 C. Krueger Solo Persian Wedding Show, La Venta Inn, Palos Verdes Estates.

10/15/99 & 10/16/99 GULISTAN in World Music & Dance Celebration, Landis Auditorium, Riverside Community College.

11/06/99 GULISTAN invited to perform Bukharan Suite for Orange Coast College Faculty Dance Concert, Robert B. Moore Theatre, Costa Mesa.

11/11/99 C. Krueger Solo Concert for Ladies' Day, Long Beach Yacht Club.

12/16/99 Concert of Central Asian/North African Dances with Guest Zahra Zuhair, Los Alamitos Chapter of the Retired Officers Association, Buena Park Hotel.

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