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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

In Context: Dream’d in a Dream

Séan Curran Company’s Dream’d in a Dream, a collaboration with Kyrgyz folk music ensemble Ustatshakirt Plus, comes to BAM October 7. Context is everything, so get even closer to the production with this curated selection of articles and videos related to the show. After you've attended the show, let us know what you thought below and by posting on social media using #DMUSA.

Program Notes


Séan Curran on DanceMotion USA (Dance Motion USA)
Curran first encountered the musicians of Ustatshakirt Plus during this cultural diplomacy tour.

Building Bridges—Muslim Stories (BAM blog)
Dream'd in a Dream kicks off Muslim Stories: Global to Local, a two-year initiative that will feature the vibrant range of performing and cinematic arts being produced by artists from contemporary Muslim cultures and communities.

Watch & Listen

Music from Central Asia With Ustatshakirt Plus, Live (WYNC)
Kyrgyz folk singing and traditional instrumentals on-air in New York

Behind the Scenes (YouTube)
The fabulously mustachioed Séan Curran remarks on his cross-cultural collaboration.

On the Mountain Music of Kyrgyzstan (Smithsonian)
The twangy jaw harp is just one instrument used in this ecstatic brand of folk music.

Now your turn...

What did you think? What latent qualities do folk music and modern dance bring out in one another? Will you be rushing off to buy a jaw harp or Kyrgyz lute? Tell us what's on your mind in the comments below and on social media using #DMUSA.


  1. Séan Curran created another amazingly creative ensemble. It was mesmerizing and fascinating.


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