Tiago Manquinho has been working as a freelance choreographer since 2017.
In the current season, he will create a new piece for the Ballett Vorpommern as well as restage his successful piece "Nice to meet you?" with the Tanztheater Münster.
He is also the artistic director of the community dance project "tanzwärts! Heimatsuche" at Theater Hameln.
In autumn 2018 he premiered two solo works, "Pagliacci" at the LOT-Theater Braunschweig and "The Other" at the International Dance Festival, Almada, Portugal. In the current season, he choreographed as well for the theatre piece "Zurück in die Zukunft: Dirty Dancing" by Klaus Gehre at the Staatstheater Braunschweig and for "Johnny Breitwieser" by Malte Lachmann at the Stadttheater Gießen.
In May 2018 premiered his site-specific work "Close_Insight" for the Tanzcompagnie Gießen. As a guest Tiago choreographed in December 2017 at the Staatstheater Braunschweig for the community dance project "tanzwärts! ich & ich & ich".
From 2015 to 2017 he was engaged as resident choreographer and dancer at the Staatstheater Braunschweig under the direction of Gregor Zöllig. For the Tanztheater Braunschweig, he created two dance pieces; "Nice to meet you?" 2017 and "Am sechsten Tag..." 2016. In the same year premiered his dance piece "Who the fuck is Alice?" at the TanzArt ostwest Festival in Gießen.
Parallel to is dancer career, Tiago had already presented several of his own works in various young choreographer evenings between 2003 and 2015.
Since 2014 he has been a lecturer for dance (contact improvisation) at the University of Bielefeld (Faculty of Sports Science). He is also a guest teacher at the Stadttheater Gießen as well as Theater Pforzheim.
In the context of various community dance projects (2007-2017) he choreographed several pieces for students, senior citizens, unemployed young people, young refugees, children and adults with a migration background, delinquent youths, youths with disabilities.
As a dancer, he was engaged by the Companhia Nacional de Bailado, the Semperoper Dresden, the Städtische Bühnen Osnabrück, the Theater Bielefeld and the Staatstheater Braunschweig.
He received his training in classical and contemporary dance at the Escola de Dança Conservatório Nacional in Lisbon, which he completed in 1997 with a diploma in stage dancing.
"Manquinho and the highly motivated company have created an impressive picture. Finding for different possibilities of encounter and approach so many unusual and still quite unused sequences of movements, that it would have been enough for three more pieces. Tiago Manquinho is there of fascinating creativity. [...] he has developed an exciting evening, in dark blue light with often exotic natural sounds, with mystic range and yet concrete recognition. The more than one hour plot is well timed. Manquinho has a very singular movement language, its detailed twist can be compared to that of an established colleague like Marco Goecke. Rightly rambling applause. Dance lovers should not miss this meeting.
Critic on "Nice to meet you? - Andreas Berger, Braunschweiger Zeitung