The Tale of An-Noor A Show for Young Audiences

Marina Celander in The Tale of An-Noor Photo credit: Linda Van Egmond
Written & Performed by Marina Celander
Part of the 2023 EstroGenius Festival
Sunday, March 19 & 26 @ The Kraine Theater

The Tale Of An-Noor, written and performed by Marina Celander, will premiere at the 2023 EstroGenius Festival: BAN(NED) TOGETHER, presented by FRIGID New York and Manhattan Theatre Source, March 15-April 2. Performances for The Tale of An-Noor are scheduled for Sunday, March 19 at 11am and Sunday, March 26 at 11am at The Kraine Theater (85 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003). Tickets ($20/sliding scale) are available for advance purchase at www.frigid.nycThe performance will run approximately 40 minutes and is intended for young audiences. 

The Tale of An-Noor, written and performed by Marina Celander, is the tale of a magic bird who flies great distances to visit her friends the Old Tree and the Old River. An-Noor listens to her friends and they share tales of epic migrations, sorrows and loss, of overcoming huge odds, and feeling joy in everyday life at the edge of the river. Told through dance, puppetry and light An-Noor lets children know that there is magic all around us as long as we keep on dreaming and following the stars.

EstroGenius 2023 is proud to share the gorgeous and thoughtful work of Marina Celandar with parents and children of New York City. A repeat EstroGenius performer, Marina was first curated into the Festival in 2018 with her work Shakespere’s Sisters by producer maura nguyễn donohue. Since then she has returned to the film festival and now with her children’s show. 

“I was lucky enough to be in the room when Marina first workshopped An-Noor in 2019,” said Melissa Riker, Co-Producer of the EstroGenius Festival. “This graceful and beautiful story held the rapt attention of a room full of edgy Brooklyn performance artists! I have been wanting to share it with EstroGenius audiences ever since that sweet awestruck room fell in love with Marina’s skills as a storyteller! Bring your dreaming, creative, wondering children to meet these characters!” 

“It is vital to start conversations with young children about what is going on globally in a calm and non-threatening way,” said writer and performer Marina Calendar. “I try to talk real talk with children through the vehicle of glitter and sparkles and magic.” 
Marina Celander (Writer/Performer) is a theatre artist, singer, dancer, living and working in NYC. She studied music in Sweden, dance at London Contemporary Dance School, England, and then acting at the Gene Frankel Theatre Workshop, NYC. Marina has performed nationally and internationally. Marina received the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre’s annual Red Socks Award 2014 for her contribution to Asian American theatre. In 2016 Marina was nominated for the Innovation In Performance Award for her solo show Mermaid’s Howl at the Stockholm Fringe Festival. She was then invited to the Tony award-winning theatre LaMama ETC as part of their solo festival Series Of One. Shakespeare’s Sisters, another of solo show of hers, was invited to perform at the Estrogenius Festival in NYC. Tree She, part of Marina’s pandemic series Hallway Jam, premiered at Estrogenius Festival 2020, and was nominated for Best Movement Artist by the Young-Howze Theatre Awards. As a hula student Marina has had the pleasure and honor of studying with notable Kumu Hula (hula master teachers), and has then made it her mission to spread aloha and hula in New York City’s public elementary schools. 

EstroGenius Festival is an annual celebration of the artistry of femme, non-binary, non-conforming and trans womxn artists produced by Melissa Riker and maura nguyễn donohue. Founded as a short play festival in 2000 at Manhattan Theatre Source by Fiona Jones, EstroGenius exists to present the voices of dance-makers, playwrights, experimental performers, teens, musicians, burlesque performers, noise artists, filmmakers, dj’s and anyone else looking to break molds and crack gender codes to the stage, street and forefront of public attention. EstroGenius 2023 is possible in part to generous funding via a 2023 Regrowth and Capacity grant and 2023 NYSCA Support for Organizations through New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, along with the generosity of John C. Robinson and our individual donors. 
FRIGID New York’s mission is to provide both emerging and established artists the opportunity to create and produce original work of varied content, form, and style, and to amplify their diverse voices. We do this by presenting an array of monthly programming, mainstage productions, an artist residency, and eight annual theater festivals that create an environment of collaboration, resourcefulness, and innovation. Founded in 1998, the aim was and is to form a structure, allowing multiple artists to focus on creating and staging new work and providing affordable rental space to scores of independent artists. Now in our third decade we have produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater.

Published by malinism

Malini is a native New Yorker who has been involved in the arts for her entire life. She's served the theatre in many aspects of which she's very proud – actress, director, producer, stage manager, costume designer, prop designer, theatre reviewer, publicist and most recently writer/monologist. She received her BA in Theatre Arts and English Literature from Baruch College and her MFA in Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School. In 2003, Malini and her husband, Ian, created Black Henna Productions with a handful of innovative artists. Every member of the company collaborates on every piece, either writing, acting, directing, designing, or filling any other role that fit their own personal skills with a commitment to bring new, exciting, and challenging theatre to the world. She is an associate member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women. Malini received the Woman of Distinction Award for her contribution to Media, Arts and Culture from the City of New York in 2008. She is also a Person of Godspell which ran at Circle in the Square on Broadway from 2011-2012.

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