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. This is the second performance of the Nikolai Zykov Theater, consisting only of electric light puppets measuring from 1 to 8 meters and capable of surprising the most demanding spectators of any age. This is a bright and unforgettable show program of light puppets, stunning with its new creative ideas. 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 continuation of the 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 an amazed audience, and adults become children again. Having plunged to the bottom of the ocean together with a giant octopus, having lost the sense of space and time, they regain the possibility of 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.

The inspiration for all the images of this show are the most modern LEDs and electroluminescent wires, and they are also the constructive basis of the puppets themselves. All the puppets in the performance glow themselves, and have new structural elements made of composite carbon fiber in their structure. In this performance, giant volumetric figures are created from LED drops in front of the eyes of the audience, and then they easily soar above the stage and the audience. For the first time, viewers will see a 3D marionette made entirely of electroluminescent wires. New neon “weather vane” puppets will help you enjoy the beauty of the world of bright coral reefs. New unusual sensations will be presented to the audience by a construction made of unique “dynamic LED drops”.

"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 - March 20, 2021, Kaluga, Russia.





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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