Tiago Manquinho, a freelance choreographer, was born in Portugal and completed his dance training in 1997 in Lisbon.
He then was engaged as a dancer by the Companhia Nacional de Bailado, the Semperoper Dresden, the Städtische Bühnen Osnabrück and the Theater Bielefeld. Parallel to his dancer career he regularly presented own works in various young choreographer evenings.
From 2015 to 2017 he was engaged as Choreographer in Residence and dancer at the Staatstheater Braunschweig under the direction of Gregor Zöllig.
In 2016 Manquinho premiered his pieces “Who the fuck is Alice?” at the TanzArt ostwest Festival in Gießen and “Am Sechsten Tag...” with the Tanztheater Braunschweig, followed in 2017 by the dance evening “Nice to meet you?” and the community dance project “tanzwärts! Ich & ich & ich. In 2018 he premiered three works, "Pagliacci" at the LOT-Theater Braunschweig and "The Other" at the International Dance Festival, Almada, Portugal, as well as "Close_Insight" for the Tanzcompagnie Gießen. For the BallettVorpommern he created the choreography “Lonely Planets” in 2019. The full-length evening “Nice to meet you?” was restaged in May 2019 by the Tanztheater Münster.
Tiago Manquinho regularly choreographs for music theatre and drama. He is also Artistic Director of the community dance project "tanzwärts!" at Theater Hameln.
Since 2014 he has been a lecturer for contact improvisation at the Faculty of Sports Science at the University of Bielefeld.
"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