wordless puppet performance for children and family audience

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

duration - 60 min

NEW YEAR SHOW OF LIGHT PUPPETS - funny and unpredictable wordless New Year 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. This is a unique New Year's performance of the Nikolai Zykov Theater, consisting only of light puppets measuring from 1 to 8 meters and capable of surprising the most demanding spectators. A bright and unforgettable kaleidoscope of very different light miniatures will impress the spectators of any age. This show is an exciting journey into the fairy world of a winter fairy tale, where each miniature is a new surprise, amazing with its new creative ideas. In this performance, children discover a new fantastic world of the most modern luminous puppets, and adults return to their childhood having lost the sense of space and time. Neon Santa Claus will give all spectators a real New Year's holiday, filled with sincere surprise and genuine delight. 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.

New Year's Eve is always filled with colorful electric lights. It was these lights that served as a source of inspiration and material for the creation of the first light puppets by Nikolai Zykov. All the puppets in the show glow themselves and are made from the most modern LEDs and electroluminescent wires. The design of each puppet in the show is unique. A variety of luminous marionettes take part in this performance - 2D and 3D, vertical and horizontal, from LED drops and cold neon, from mirror foil and rice paper, performing on stage and flying over the auditorium. And giant volumetric LED figures are unexpectedly created and transformed right in front of the audience, leaving an indelible impression of a real holiday.

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

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

"...splendid puppeteer. Spectators were dazed..." Kirill Dremluh. Vecherniy New York, USA.

"Nikolay Zykov is one of the most important puppeteers of the world ... a master!" 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.

"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.

"...a super professional, ... a real master..." Regina Dubovitskaya. Russia TV, Russia.

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

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

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).

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 - LED and El-wire string marionettes, giant, hand and experimental 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.

Presentation of the first edition - December 10 2016, Tepoztlan, Mexico.

Award of Pedro Lopez Elias Centro Cultural (Mexico).




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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