Carolyn Kruger

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Carolyn Kruger

Since 1999, Carolyn Krueger's Gulistan Dance Theater has offered vibrant, authentic presentations of women's dance traditions of the Silk Road.   Gulistan (goo-li-stahn) means flower garden in both Persian and Uzbek and is a fitting name for this ensemble's unique repertoire rooted in Central Asian traditional dance and flowering into the realm of imagination.

Gulistan's traditional performances feature Uzbek choreographies by the celebrated Akilov family, transmitted by Carolyn's mentor, Viloyat Akilova, during Ms. Krueger's residencies in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, under grants from ArtsLink.  Carolyn's current work, however, ventures beyond the bounds of tradition.  In collaboration with her ensemble, Ms. Krueger has created original dance theater works infused with Central Asian aesthetics and motifs--extending a process begun in the late 1970's when she developed and performed solos blending her extensive ballet and modern dance training with Eastern dance vocabulary and themes.  Having begun her performing career at age 5, Ms. Krueger went on to earn B.A. and M.A. degrees in Dance Peformance and Choreography from UCI and UCLA.  She currently teaches dance full-time for LA Unified School District's pioneering Elementary Arts Program

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