UMTATA (2016)

UMTATA is a collection of works that deal critically with folk*dance*research, both from an artistic and and a scientific perspective.


The term Umtata has been mentioned by two informants in an interview from May 24th 2015. The informants described Umtata as a „normal“ dance, in contrast to (folk) dances that were learned and taught in courses in the 1950s in Austria. The three syllables um-ta-ta don’t have a meaning by themselves, but refer to steps and rhythm of the dances. Therefore the bodily experience has been translated in an onomatopoeic way into spoken language and became known as a name for certain (folk) dances. This playful interweaving of practice and theory is significant for my approach to folk*dance*research.

Have a look at: (for now the page is only available in German language)

Photography: Dominik Unger, Picture editing: Désirée Meul