master-class puppet show (lecture-demonstration)

language - English, Russian

technique - string marionettes (traditional and innovative) 

duration - 60-90 min/ up to 500 spectators

transportation - 1-3 persons/ no paid luggage

MARIONETTES: TODAY AND TOMORROW  - lecture-demonstration about traditional and innovative marionettes. The unique performances of the Nikolai Zykov Theater are gathering full halls all over the world with invariable success. Critics call these shows "goose bumps", 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. Each puppet in the performance is not only a work of art, but also a new unique design. Really new, unusual and unique puppets of Nikolai Zykov are able to surprise the most demanding spectators of any age.

"Nikolay 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.

"Nikolai Zykov is making the step of technical development into the future." Jacob Steiner, Austria.

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.

Master class program: 

1. Familiarity with marionettes. Peculiarities of the first miniatures, which opens presentation. For example - miniature RUSSIAN BEAUTY

2 . Weight distribution in the marionette. Dancing marionettes. For example - miniature  BALLERINA

3 . Original trick. Marionettes with musical instruments. For example - miniature  SAXOPHONIST

4 . Marionettes-transformers. Marionettes with lots of tricks. For example - miniature  ORIENTAL MAGICIAN

5. What marionettes can tell. Marionettes of unusual materials. For example - miniature  MANTIS

6. Glowing marionettes. Marionettes of electric lamps, LEDs and electroluminescent wires. For example - miniature  SPIDER-ALIEN.

7. Singing marionettes. Interactive communication with the audience. For example - miniature  QUEEN OF DISCO

8. Duet of marionettes. Operating of two marionettes at once. For example - miniature  PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

9. Final miniature. Operating of Group of marionettes at once. For example - miniature RUSSIAN SOUVENIR

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 - April 5 2009, State Central Theatre Museum, Moscow,  Russia

Gratitude of the State Central Theatre Museum, Moscow (Russia).



Nikolai Zykov presented master classes in Russia, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

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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