NIKOLAI ZYKOV THEATRE
SHOW OF MARIONETTES AND LIGHT PUPPETS
wordless puppet show for children and family audience
technique - string marionettes, rod, giant and LED puppets
duration - 60 min
TREASURES OF THE EAST- absolutely original wordless family show marionettes and light puppets of Japan, China, India and other countries of the East. Unusual and unique puppets by Nikolai Zykov have sizes from 1 to 8 meters and are able to surprise the most demanding spectators of any age. The spectators are offered an unique "collection" of bright and unforgettable puppets from Asian countries, stunning in their beauty. In an unpredictable kaleidoscope of very different miniatures, everyone, regardless of age, will find something new for themselves. The program of the show is composed as a journey from ancient Egypt to modern China, where each miniature is a new unexpected page of the boundless culture of the East. In this performance, princes and princesses, dancers and beauties show off their stunning outfits, ancient sculptures come to life, a magic dagger flies, and real water appears in a jug. Nikolai Zykov's unique puppets are of great interest to amateurs and professionals around the world. The unique performances of the Nikolai Zykov Theater are gathering full halls all over the world with invariable success. Critics call these shows "like a discovery", and Nikolai Zykov "one of the most significant puppeteers in the world."
Nikolai Zykov is a world famous
puppeteer who has performed his puppet shows in more than 50 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 UNIMA World Puppetry Congresses.
Asian countries have a very rich history of puppetry, and this is what served as the inspiration for the creation of this show, which presents the cultures of ancient Egypt, Tunisia, Central Asia, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, India and China. The performance uses puppets of different systems: these are puppets controlled by threads from above - marionettes (1, 2, 3 puppets controlled by one puppeteer at the same time), these are rod puppets controlled from below, and giant puppet designs created in front of the audience. Unique light puppets are also adopted in this performance. They glow themselves. For this, two technologies are used - LEDs and electroluminescent wires. To create puppets from these materials, it was necessary to apply completely new technologies and invent new design solutions that cannot be found either in the library or on the Internet. The design of each puppets in the show is unique.
"Zykov captivates the audience by precise and majestic manipulation of his delightful and complex puppets" Festival de Bonecos, Canela, Brazil.
"Nikolai Zykov has a variety of technical surprises that make his shows a success. His puppets live independently from their creator. Nikolai Zykov is making the step of technical development into the future." Jakob Steiner, Austria.
"His puppet show doesn't leave anybody indifferent. Everything he shows is like a discovery..." Olga Semenova. Molodaya Gvardia, Russia.
"The humor, elaborate sets and the virtuoso operating technique galvanizes the audience..." Tatiana Russkikh. Youth Review, Russia.
"Nikolai 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.
"The work Nikolai Zykov does both modern, and classical is beautiful to look at. Nikolai Zykov is definitely a National Treasure". Steven Mark Overton, USA.
"...Using modern materials and technologies, Zykov presented a very spectacular show, which excited the audience by its refinement and luxury..." Revista E. Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Nikolai Zykov carefully studied the ancient history of China, India, Japan, customs, the history of the costumes of these countries, so that the audience would then see and appreciate the art of their peoples. "Olga Semyonova. Young Guard, Russia.
"Whole families go to his shows. Each of Zykov's presentation is not just a performance, but an enchanting show that can hold the attention of spectatorss of different ages." Yulia Bykhanova, Trust TV, Russia.
Among the awards: "Arts Innovation" Award of the 12th China Shanghai International Arts Festival (2010), "Excellent Show" Award of the 21st 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).
Nikolai Zykov has performed his puppet shows more
than 4000 times in more than 50 countries around the world: in Argentina,
Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico, United States, Canada, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia,
Russia, Byelorussia, Poland, Germany, Belgium, United Kingdom, France, Spain,
Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania,
Moldova, Transnistria, Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Israel, Egypt, South
Africa, Mauritius, Seychelles, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan,
Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, China,
Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan.
IN THE PROGRAM: PYRAMIDS, ANCIENT EGYPT, TUNISIAN BEAUTY, INDONESIAN PRINCE, THAI DANCE, ORIENTAL MAGICIAN, OCTOPUS, JAPANESE BEAUTY, KATHAKHALI DANCE, INDIAN VIGNETTE, CHINESE BEAUTY, GOLDEN DRAGON, . (The program can be changed)
The duration of the show is 1 hour without intermission.
Presentation without a language barrier.
Age category of presentation 0+
The show is recommended for spectators from 3 years old
Puppet technique - string marionettes, rod, giant and LED puppets
Author, artist, director and performer - NIKOLAY ZYKOV.
Puppeteer assistants NADEZHDA DUBININA, SERGEY ISAEV.
Technical Director SERGEY ISAEV.
All puppets are designed and made by NIKOLAI ZYKOV
First presentation - January 21 2013, Otrada Resort, Moscow Region, Russia.
Technical requirements: one microphone on the cord and a non-stop mp3 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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