Tiago Manquinho, a freelance choreographer, was born in Portugal in 1979 and completed his dance training in 1997 at Nacional Conservatory in Lisbon.
He then was engaged as a dancer by the Companhia Nacional de Bailado, the Semperoper Dresden, the Staatstheater Braunschweig, the Städtische Bühnen Osnabrück and the Theater Bielefeld. In 2013 he was awarded the Dance Medal of the Theater-und Konzertfreunde Bielefeld.
Parallel to his dancer career he regularly presented his own works in various young choreographer evenings.
From 2015 to 2017 he was engaged has Resident Choreographer and dancer at the Staatstheater Braunschweig.
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.
As a freelance choreographer, he premiered in 2018 "Pagliacci" at the LOT-Theater in Braunschweig and "The Other" at the International Dance Festival in Almada, Portugal.
Also, in 2018 he created "Close_Insight" for the Tanzcompagnie Gießen and 2019 for the BallettVorpommern “Lonely Planets”.
The full-evening work, “Nice to meet you?” was restaged in May 2019 by the Tanztheater Münster.
In November 2019 was the Premiere of his latest production “Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?” at the LOT-Theater.
Tiago Manquinho regularly choreographs for music theatre and drama. He is as well Artistic Director of the community dance project "tanzwärts!" at Theater Hameln.
Since 2014 he has been a lecturer for dance at the Faculty of Sports Science at the University of Bielefeld and regularly offers workshops in Contact-Improvisation in different frames.
"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