April 24, 2024 Theresa Dlouhy

Artistic Research Center (ARC)

In cooperation with the Department of Folk Music Research and Ethnomusicology (IVE)


Tuesday, 28 May 2024 3.30-5 pm

Franz Liszt Hall of the mdw

Lothringerstraße 18, 1030 Vienna


The Tao are one of Taiwan’s 16 recognised indigenous groups. They live on Orchid Island (蘭嶼), the Tao themselves call their island “ponso no tao”, which means “island of the people”. The most famous ceremony during the Tao harvest festival is the women’s hair dance. They gracefully swing their long hair to show their affection for their husbands and families. In the past, the dance was not allowed to be performed in daylight, so the dances often took place on the beach in the moonlight. Nowadays, however, the dance is part of the programme of during the day of the harvest festival. In this workshop, the invited Tao women will show us how to perform this dance.


The workshop will be held in German and English and is open to students of all study programmes.

Please register by 26 May: dlouhy-staber@mdw.ac.at (Theresia Dlouhy-Staber)


credits: Joanna Pianka 2022