wordless puppet show for children and family audience

technique - string marionettes, giant and experimental puppets

duration - 50 min or 1 h 30 min with one intermission/ up to 1000 spectators

transportation - 3 persons/ no paid luggage

Multi award-winning, funny and unpredictable wordless puppet show featuring a stunning variety innovative puppets. Unique marionettes, giant and experimental puppets will entertain and delight the whole family. 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 World UNIMA Congresses.

Nikolai Zykov Theatre preserves and develops the art of puppetry based on the ancient traditions of different countries of the world by using innovative materials and technologies. Each puppet in the performance is not only a work of art, but also a new unique design. Really new, unusual and unique marionettes and light puppets of Nikolai Zykov have sizes from 1 to 3 meters and are able to surprise the most demanding spectators of any age.

"Nikolai is not only manipulates his puppets, he invents new technical tricks, invents new puppets. Kids perceive his puppets as living dolls. Performance "The Magic World of marionettes" is a series of vignettes that represent different characters and different cultures. Puppets amuse and entertain you, they make you laugh and empathy, they teach you to appreciate the kindness and also - they prolong childhood. It's amazing, bright and romantic world. Elena Ozerova, “Culture” TV, Russia.

"The humor, elaborate sets and the virtuoso operating technique galvanizes the audience..." Tatyana Russkikh. Youth Review, Russia.

"...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 who attended the Festival from Russia impressed everyone, even the children and the adults. His show was wordless but everyone could understand easily." Murat Sezer. Vizyon, Turkey.

"...enchanting show, which can hold the attention of spectators of all ages." Julia Byhanova, Doverie TV, Russia.

"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.

"Nikolai Zykov is a celebrated Russian puppeteer, known for pushing the boundaries of traditional puppetry." World Performing Arts Festival, Lahore, Pakistan.

"...a super professional, without exaggeration a real master..." . Russia TV, Russia.

"His puppet show doesn't leave anybody indifferent. Everything he shows is like a discovery..." Olga Semenova. Molodaya Gvardia, Russia.

"... One of the very interesting representatives of this laborious genre ..." . 1TV, Russia.

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

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

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.




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 - September 24 2003, Sevigne Concert Hall, Charleville-Mezieres, France.

Modern edition - November 5 2017, Teatro Foce, Lugano, Switzerland.

"Arts Innovation" Award of the 12th  Shanghai International Arts Festival and the 2nd Shanghai International Puppet Festival Golden Magnolia (China).

Diplomas of International Puppet Festivals in Moscow Obraztsov Theatre (Russia), Latsia (Cyprus) and Kilkis (Greece)

Final performance of The 35th International Puppet festival in Lugano (Switzerland).

Official program participant of the 13th Charleville-Mezieres World Puppet Festival (France).






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. Please read the Official rider.




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