wordless puppet show for children and family audience

puppet technique - string marionettes, LED, EL-wire and giant puppets

duration - 60 min

Multi award-winning, funny and unpredictable wordless puppet show featuring a stunning variety of innovative puppets. Unique marionettes, giant and experimental puppets will entertain and delight the whole family.  Truly new, unusual and unique puppets by Nikolai Zykov have sizes from 1 to 8 meters and are able to surprise the most demanding audience of any age. This performance has repeatedly represented contemporary Russian puppetry at the most prestigious foreign theater festivals, captivating the audience with its technical innovation, unpredictable creativity and virtuoso manipulation. In this performance, puppets are born right before the eyes of an astonished audience, adults become children again and, having lost their sense of space and time, regain the possibility of sincere surprise and genuine delight. The unique performances of the Nikolai Zykov Theater are gathering full halls all around 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 an artist of the world stage, who has delighted spectators in more than 50 countries of Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America, has created more than 200 unique puppets, glove, rod and experimental puppets. Nikolai is the author, director, artist and performer of more than 30 puppet shows with many international awards for innovative creativity and outstanding performance, including awards of the UNIMA World Puppeteers 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. In this performance, each puppet is completely unique and unusual. All puppets have completely new designs, materials and control systems. Nikolai Zykov is not only the author and master who made all the puppets of this performance, but also a puppeteer who demonstrates the free manipulation of one, two and several puppets at the same time. An invariable feature of the performances of the Nikolai Zykov Theater is the use of not only the stage and the auditorium, but also the entire space above the stage and the auditorium. Light puppets are made of electroluminescent wires and the most modern types of light-emitting diodes.

"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.




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, LED, EL-wire and giant puppets

Author, artist,  director and performer - NIKOLAI ZYKOV

Puppeteer and puppeteer assistant - NADEZHDA DUBININA.

Puppeteer and Technical Director - SERGEY ISAEV.

All puppets are created, designed and made by NIKOLAI ZYKOV

First presentation -  August 16 1993, World EXPO, Taejon, South Korea,

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 in hand and a non-stop mp3 playback, the preferred stage wide - 6-10 m, stage depth - 6-10 m, the curtains must be black or dark, one 220 V socket is required on the stage. More information in Official rider.



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