Beata Stankevič (Lithuania) is a cultural programmer and manager of performing arts. Graduate of the University of Music and Theater in Hamburg (Germany), Beata is one of the few culture professionals dedicated to the development of dance as an art form in the UAE. She has curated regional dance programs and contemporary dance performances in Dubai, working together with prominent local cultural entities, such as Alserkal Avenue, Sima Performing Arts and Sima Dance Company.
As programmer, she developed the first in the country international contemporary dance program for Quoz Arts Fest (Alserkal Avenue) in 2016 and 2017, which presented the works of artists from Lebanon, Egypt, Palestine, Syria and the UAE. She was also a programmer of the first contemporary dance performance “Reconstruct” by Migle Praniauskaite Company ( Lithuania) at OMA-designed space Concrete in Alserkal Avenue, Dubai in 2018.
In 2019, Beata independently launched the program of a professional Theatre for Children in Dubai by presenting a dance performance PUZZLE for babies and toddlers by the award-winning dance theatre Dansema (Lithuania). In 2020, she co-founded the initiative HIBA Art Project. As an independent cultural programmer, Beata has researched the dance scene of the UAE since 2015 and attended numerous professional events in Europe, Middle East and Asia – meetings, dance festivals, platforms, training and exploring trips.
Beata’s special focus is contemporary performing arts, its emerging artists and forms of expression. Since 2017, she has been a member of IETM – an international network for contemporary performing arts. As a cultural manager, she is particularly interested in cultural policies and their role in empowering the cultural communities and their development. Beata believes in the impact of art and culture on society and is convinced of the importance of advocacy for art.