wordless puppet performance for children and family audience

technique - LED and El-wire string marionettes, giant, hand and experimental puppets

duration - 60 min

Funny and unpredictable wordless puppet show featuring a stunning variety of innovative electro-luminous objects. Unique marionettes, giant, rod, hand and experimental puppets will entertain and delight the whole family. Truly new, unusual and unique light puppets have sizes from 1 to 8 meters and are able to surprise the most demanding spectators of any age. Spectators are offered a bright and unforgettable show program of light puppets, amazing in their creativity. In an unpredictable kaleidoscope of very different light miniatures, everyone will find something of their own. The program of the show is designed as a journey into the world of contemporary puppetry art, where each miniature is a new unexpected turn, revealing new possibilities of this unique genre. In this performance, puppets are born right in front of the amazed audience, adults become children again and with passion they catch neon butterflies flying over the auditorium. 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 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.

All the puppets in the show glow by themselves. For this, two technologies are used - LEDs and electroluminescent wires. It would seem that you can make a theatrical puppet and fix the light sources on it, so you get a luminous puppet. But in this view, the principle of creating puppets is different. The LEDs and electroluminescent wires themselves are the source of inspiration for creating images, and they are also the constructive basis of the puppets themselves. How to make traditional puppets has been known for a long time. But 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 puppet in the show is unique. The performance uses puppets of different systems: these are puppets controlled by threads from above - marionettes (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 8 puppets controlled by one puppeteer at the same time), these are rod puppets controlled from below (2 and 5 rod), and gigantic puppet designs created in front of the audience.

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

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

"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.

"Nikolai Zykov has a variety of technical surprises that make his shows a success. Nikolai Zykov is making the step of technical development into the future." Jakob Steiner, Austria.

"...amazing, what great great puppets, excellent, original, funny, entertaining and unique." Peter Garofalo, Northampton, United Kingdom.

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

"Zykov captivates the audience by precise and majestic manipulation of his delightful and complex puppets" Festival de Bonecos, Canela, Brazil.

"...a mixture of sizes, shapes and styles, all of which are unique and fascinating to watch. This is a wonderful and somewhat unique concept." Primary Times Children's Choice Awards Review, United Kingdom.

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

Light puppets have sizes from 1 to 8 meters

Author, artist, director and performer - NIKOLAY ZYKOV.

Puppeteer and puppeteer assistant - NADEZHDA DUBININA.

Puppeteer and Technical Director - SERGEY ISAEV.

All puppets are designed and made by NIKOLAI ZYKOV

First Edition Premiere - May 27, 2012, Chengdu, China.

Modern Edition Premiere - June 8, 2019, Beijing, China.

"Excellent Show" Award of the 21st UNIMA Congress and World Puppet Festival in Chengdu (China).

Award of the 4th Colombo International Theatre Festival (Sri Lanka).

Diploma of the 17th San Louis Potosi Festival del Desierto (Mexico).

Award of Pedro Lopez Elias Centro Cultural (Mexico).

Official Sell-out show Laurel of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 (UK)


Technical requirements: one microphone in hand and a non-stop mp3 playback, the preferred stage wide - 8-12 m, stage depth - 8-12 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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