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About

Choreographer and dancer Mantas Stabačinskas is currently one of the most famous Lithuanian contemporary dance creators. Originating from Kaunas and spreading his creative activity far both outside his city and outside the country, he has been awarded various awards by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, Kaunas City and the dance community.

During the 23 years of his career, Mantas has worked with various famous Lithuanian and foreign choreographers (B. Letukaitė, A. Naginevičiūtė, B. Banevičiūtė), directors (J. Vaiktus, J. Jurašas, A. Areima, Jo Stromgren), has created over 65 different dance roles in various performances and projects as well as has participated in 85 international festivals in Europe, North America, and Asia.

In 2019, Mantas Stabačinskas was actively involved in the cultural life of Kaunas city and Kaunas district: he worked with Kaunas city communities, conducted dance seminars for babies and their parents, and worked creatively with people with disabilities.


Kaunas and I

Kaunas is my hometown. I was born, grew up and started a career as a dancer of contemporary dance here. Kaunas Dance Theater “Aura” was my window to the world. Later Kaunas Old Town legendary pub “Sufleris” founded with friends, was like a small world created by us where not only one company of friends but also the entire community of creative people came together. Kaunas is still a city of discoveries for me, every time I walk through its streets I am happy to see how it is changing and what bright people live here.

 

I do see Kaunas as an open city full of modern culture in the near future. I believe that the project “Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022” will keep alive the tradition to see many more examples of international culture, new forms, especially of my favourite performing arts in the city.

I wish Kaunas to be hospitable to all forms of expression, for young creators to have space to create and implement their creative ideas, and to feel that it is their home and they are welcome here.