[Notice of cancellation of 73rd annual Nishikawa-ryu Nagoya Odori]
Thank you for your continued patronage of the annual Nagoya Odori.
Due to the current situation of the corona virus pandemic, we have decided to cancel the 73rd annual Nishikawa-ryu Nagoya Odori scheduled to be held at the Misonoza Theater from September 3rd-6th.
Currently, the number of infected people are decreasing, and the emergency shutdown declaration has been lifted in Aichi Prefecture, but seeing that there is still the possibility of a second and third wave, we decided to cancel the show on behalf of the safety of the customers, the many staff members and performers, including children, and elderly people.
The first Nagoya Odori was held on September 24th-26th 1945 in the Nagoya Takarazuka Theater, in the Fushimi district, at the end of WWII. It was the first revival performance in the nation. The core performers were the Nishikawa-ryu convoy, formed during the war, whom worked at a clothing factory and would all hitch a ride in the back of a truck to get to the theater.
The second Nagoya Odori was held from November 25th-30th, 1948, to commemorate the new Misonoza Theater. The show was performed annually without cancellation until the final day of the 12th Nagoya Odori in 1958, when the country was hit by the Isewan Typhoon. Food was prepared for the audience who had already arrived at the theater, and Grandmaster Ukon Nishikawa himself drove them home in his car. The show was cancelled again in 1964, when the Misonoza theater burned down, and was moved the following year to the Aichi Prefectural Cultural Auditorium, now the Aichi Arts Center.
Nagoya Odori has always worked together with the local communities. Dancers, costumes, wig, props, lighting, sound and several small local performance groups come together to create Nagoya Odori. Although the world is currently in an unprecedented crisis, we will be resilient and work together to return to the stage, this time to perform a show to celebrate the revival of the people and to give hope to the community.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your support.