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Gear Art Complex 1928

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Shinkyogoku Shopping District
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Address: 56 Benkeiishicho, Nakagyo-ku | 1928 Bldg. 3F, Kyoto 604-8082, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-254-6520
10:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

"GEAR” is the first non-verbal performance originated in Japan.The...

"GEAR” is the first non-verbal performance originated in Japan.The world-class performers of mime, breakin', magic trick, and juggle presents a lovely story of a toy named “Doll” transforming a human girl through the various communications with an android named “Roboroid.”This performance is set without any “words,” just being compounded with the action, dance, expression, music, and images satisfying all the senses. And also, this performance is filled with the exciting materials. Stage setting gives an illusion loosing the way in the factory, or feeling like blown off by a gust of wind. And the contemporary technologies like the projection mapping, sparkling full colored LED dresses, and specially customized laser beams with 16million colors present everyone inexperienced impressions. Since started in the April 2014, this performance had a long run of 600 times and 30,000 audiences.

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unique atmosphere and great play

The atmosphere of the theatre was so nice. The play itself was well organized and you don't need to understand japanese language. Just watch and feel it. It would be a great... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Kyoto, Japan
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Kyoto, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The atmosphere of the theatre was so nice. The play itself was well organized and you don't need to understand japanese language. Just watch and feel it. It would be a great experience.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Quite a unique, fun, quirky show involving dance, singing, lights spectacular, music, wind (!). Booked ahead online and paid by paypal, tickets available at the desk. Quirky Cafe Independents bar is in the basement for a drink or dinner afterwards.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

We went to this show after it was recommended to us by a friend. I took my three boys aged 21, 19, 15 with my husband and we all absolutely loved it. It is a high energy fun show in an intimate theatre setting. Definitely a fun activity whilst in Kyoto

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

This show kept our attention the whole way through. The three of us all came away with different favorite characters. Visually very interesting, a cut above the average tourist show. I would definitely recommend.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

This was a major highlight of our Kyoto trip. A really unique performance featuring break dancing, comedy, magic, dancing and even mime. It was an interactive and dynamic performance with the sets and building itself creating real atmosphere. This was a completely non-verbal performance so no Japanese language skills are required. This is a must do in Kyoto. The theatre... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

I booked this show, GEAR, as a option for my teen daughter. I thought it might be good to see something different from the traditional temples, etc. This show was magical. The story is told through the dance and performances of 5 people. No words are every spoken so you don't have to worry about a language barrier. I will... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

I went to the GEAR show in late October and having arrived a bit early went to a great bar downstairs (the Cafe Independants). The Art Complex 1928 is a lovely old art deco building, built somewhat unsurprisingly in 1928! The theatre is on the third floor and seats about 100, making it quite intimate. The set was both evocative... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

This was a great show with a cast of five. From start to finish, the whole show is completely visual with superb effects. It consists of music, dance, comedy, magic, acrobatics and much more. It has limited seating so advance booking is advisable but not absolutely necessary. This is a must see if you are in Kyoto.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

The show is a combination of pantomime, break dance, street magic and juggling with a nice storyline.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

If you want a glimpse of the future of theatre, and a no-holds-barred performance by a tremendous talented, SUPER talented performers, so see GEAR right now! It is the kind of piece you see once in a lifetime, and GEAR could only happen in Japan. It has a freshness that is even overcoming long-run Broadway shows. Do yourself a favor... More 

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Shinkyogoku Shopping District
Those who delight in shopping and cuisine will find themselves at home in Shinkyogoku. Lauded and visited by locals for its Nishiki Market, where baskets of fragrant spices, dried fish, and just-fried foods are piled high along the snaking streets of its enclosed outdoor shopping spaces, Shinkyogoku is not only a hub for fresh fare, but also for fast fashion fixes. Trends-in-the-making can be spotted in the tall windows of several one-of-a-kind stores featuring local labels and modish boutiques. Arcades, outdoor concert spaces, mega department stores, and small, enchanting cafes have sprung up to accommodate the increasing traffic. Whether looking for souvenirs and kitsch on Shinkyogoku Street, or scoping out the massive food court and restaurant floor at Takashimaya Department store, there's something for every wallet or purse, and a buyer for every item.
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