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 BIOGRAPHY

"ZYKOV, Nikolai - Russian actor, director, artist, master of puppetry", Encyclopedia "Puppets", Boris Goldovskiy, page 171.

 

Nikolai Zykov was born in 1965 in Moscow in a family of engineers, whose life was not related to professional art. He is the son of Viktor Zykov, who is a scientist-physics, inventor, and Candidate of Sciences, and Tatiana Zykova (née Smyslova), who is an engineer-technologist and teacher.

When Nikolai Zykov was five years old, his parents took him to the Puppet Theatre of Sergey Obraztsov, who is the great grand-uncle of Nikolai Zykov.

After the show, Nikolai Zykov created his own theatre in his house and presented puppet performances for his parents and his younger sister. He usually did not make puppets by himself. Instead, he took details of toys and inter-connected them with wire.

Education:

1972-1982: Primary and Secondary School (compulsory general education)

1972-1973: Moscow Boys Choir (fortepiano, choir, solfeggio)

1974-1979: Moscow Music School (fortepiano, vocal, solfeggio, music literature, music composition)

1977-1983: Arcady Kovtun Puppet Studio (drawing, puppet construction, puppet making, puppet performing)

1980-1982: Tatiana Kakovkina Drama Studio (acting, poetry declamation, stage moving)

1982-1988: National Research University MAI (design of electro-mechanic systems). Received his Master of Science degree.

Nikolai Zykov began making puppets for his performances in 1977.

In 1980, Nikolai Zykov has made his first puppet vignette.

In 1985, he has created his first solo puppet performance and has founded his own professional puppet theatre - Nikolai Zykov Theatre.

Nikolai Zykov has created and has made more than 200 unique marionettes, hand, rod, radio-controlled and innovative puppets.

Nikolai Zykov constantly developed the technology and has created many new construction and technological innovations. Some of the more innovative designs include:

  1. new not-wood constructions of marionettes (new constructions reduced the weight of marionette in several times and opens new possibilities for this type of puppets) - puppet "Italian Singer"(1983) and others,

  2. new original constructions of transformation of marionettes - vignette "Second birth"(1989) and others,

  3. new fiberglass controls for marionettes (fiberglass control is extra light and it is practically "invisible" for spectators) - vignette "Funny Company"(1994) and others,

  4. new original radio-controlled puppets - vignette "Spider"(2000) and others,

  5. new original constructions of chemoluminescent puppets - vignette "Microcosmos" (2002) and others.

  6. new original constructions of EL-wire puppets - vignette "Neon Butterfly" (2011) and others.

  7. new original constructions of LED drop puppets - vignette "New Year Tree" (2012) and others. 

Nikolai Zykov is an author of over 20 puppet performances. These performances include: "Dinosaur and his friends" (1985), "The Magic World of Marionettes" (1993), "Cabaret of Metamorphoses" (2000), "New Year Puppet Show" (2000),  "Giant and others" (2003), "Exclusive Marionettes" (2006), "Russian Puppets" (2010), "Radio-controlled Puppet Show" (2011), "Light Puppet Show" (2012), "New Animation", (2012) "Treasures of the East" (2013), "Puppet Bach Concert" (2014), "Dinosaur Show" (2015).

Nikolai Zykov has been a member of Russian Authors Organization since 1997.

Puppets of Nikolai Zykov took part in many popular TV shows in USSR, Russia and abroad. In 1994-1995, Nikolai Zykov hosted the children's TV show, "Everyday is holiday" on Russian State Television. In 2000 Culture TV Channel  calls Nikolai Zykov "the most titled puppeteer of Russia". 

Nikolai Zykov has received the diplomas of several competitions and festivals in Russia. Also, he has received the Gold Medal of the Arbeiterfestspiele International Festival  in Germany (1984), the Medal "For Labour Valour" of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union (1986), "Arts Innovation" award of the 12th China Shanghai International Arts Festival (2010), "Excellent Show" award of World UNIMA Congress and Festival (2012), "Performance" award of Asia-Pacific UNIMA commission (2014)

Nikolai Zykov has performed his puppet shows more than 3500 times in more than 40 countries around the world: in many cities of Russia and also in Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico, United States, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, Byelorussia, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Israel, Egypt, South Africa, Mauritius, Seychelles, Iran, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, China, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan.

 

FESTIVALS & TOURS

List of tours of Nikolai Zykov since1980 to present.

THEATRES & HALLS

List of the most famous theatres and concert halls hosted Nikolai Zykov Theatre.

PRESS

Newspapers, magazines and TV about Nikolai Zykov.


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