master-class puppet show (lecture-demonstration)

language - English, Russian

technique - string marionettes (traditional and innovative) 

duration - 90 min/ up to 500 spectators

transportation - 1-3 persons/ no paid luggage

MARIONETTES: TODAY AND TOMORROW  - lecture-demonstration about traditional and innovative marionettes. Nikolai Zykov is a world famous puppeteer who has performed his puppet shows in more than 40 countries of Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America and has created and has made more than 200 unique puppets. Nikolai Zykov  is an author, director, artist and performer of over 20 puppet performances which have received many international awards for innovative creativity and outstanding performing mastery, including Awards of World UNIMA Congresses.

Nikolai Zykov has performed his puppet shows in many cities of Russia and also in Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico, United States, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, Byelorussia, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Belgium, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, 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.

Among the awards: "Arts Innovation" Award of the 12th China Shanghai International Arts Festival (2010), Diploma and "Excellent Show" Award of the 21th UNIMA Congress and World Puppet Festival in Chengdu (2012), "Performance Award" of Asia-Pacific UNIMA commission (2014), Award of the 4th Colombo International Theatre Festival (2015), Award "For brilliant performing mastery" of the 12th International Festival of Contemporary Puppetry in Bucharest (2016), "Outstanding Creativity" Award of Asia-Pacific UNIMA commission (2017), "Sell-out show" Laurel of Edinburgh Festival Fringe (2017).

Author, artist,  director and performer - NIKOLAI ZYKOV

Wardrobe, assistant  of puppeteer - NADIA DUBININA

Stage technician, light operator  - SERGEY ISAEV

All puppets are created, designed and made by NIKOLAI ZYKOV

First presentation - April 5 2009, State Central Theatre Museum, Moscow,  Russia

Gratitude of the State Central Theatre Museum, Moscow (Russia).


MARIONETTES: TODAY AND TOMORROW  was presented in Russia, Taiwan and South Korea.


Master class program: 

1. Familiarity with marionettes. Peculiarities of the first miniatures, which opens presentation. For example - miniature RUSSIAN BEAUTY

2 . Weight distribution in the marionette. Dancing marionettes. For example - miniature  BALLERINA

3 . Original trick. Marionettes with musical instruments. For example - miniature  SAXOPHONIST

4 . Marionettes-transformers. Marionettes with lots of tricks. For example - miniature  ORIENTAL MAGICIAN

5. What marionettes can tell. Marionettes of unusual materials. For example - miniature  MANTIS

6. Glowing marionettes. Marionettes of electric lamps, LEDs and electroluminescent wires. For example - miniature  SPIDER-ALIEN.

7. Singing marionettes. Interactive communication with the audience. For example - miniature  QUEEN OF DISCO

8. Duet of marionettes. Operating of two marionettes at once. For example - miniature  PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

9. Final miniature. Operating of Group of marionettes at once. For example - miniature RUSSIAN SOUVENIR




"Nikolay Zykov is one of the most important puppeteers of the world ... a master!" Festival de Bonecos, Canela, Brazil.

"...the most titled puppeteer of Russia, the master of world class..." News. Culture TV, Russia.

"Nikolai Zykov is making the step of technical development into the future." Jacob Steiner, Austria.



Technical requirements: one microphone on the cord and a non-stop mp3 (or Audio CD) playback, the preferred stage height is 1m 10cm, depth is 6m, the curtains must be black or dark. The team provides itself with lighting equipment, for connection 220 V sockets are required on the stage and at the end of the hall.




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