Tiago Manquinho completed his education in classical and contemporary dance at the Escola de Dança Conservatório Nacional in Lisbon. Following his first engagement at the Companhia Nacional de Bailado (Portugal), he left his home country to join the ballet ensemble of the Semperoper Dresden in 2000. This was followed by engagements at the Staatstheater Braunschweig, the Städtische Bühnen Osnabrück and the Theater Bielefeld.
Throughout his 20-year dance career, Manquinho danced in choreographies by Vaslav Nijinski, Michael Corder, Ted Brandsen, John Neumeier, Uwe Scholz, John Cranko, Robert North, Tom Schilling, Mary Wigman, Reinhild Hoffmann and Guilherme Botelho, among others. The collaboration and co-development of numerous contemporary works have strongly influenced his artistic signature. He has had the opportunity to collaborate on new creations by Jo Strømgren, Guy Weizman/Roni Haver, Simone Sandroni, André Gingras, Gregor Zöllig, Henrietta Horn, Rainer Behr, Lionel Hoche and Shlomi Bitton, among others.
From 2015 to 2017 he was resident choreographer at the Staatstheater Braunschweig. Manquinho has been working as a freelance choreographer since 2017, among others for the Tanztheater Staatstheater Braunschweig, Tanztheater Gießen, Tanztheater Münster and Ballett Vorpommern.
He has presented his independent productions, such as "Pagliacci" and "Who's afraid of the Big Bad Wolf" throughout Europe.
In his search for aesthetic beauty, Manquinho tries to create movement atmospheres out of visual and content-related contrasts. His rich and detailed movement vocabulary provides access to the ambivalence of a figure or situation. It also allows the complexity of socially relevant topics to be portrayed with emotional depth. At the same time, he aims to present on stage only the fundamental and existential.
In the context of various cross-generational community dance projects, he has worked since 2007, regularly with students with and without special needs, adults, long-term unemployed, refugees, people with a migration background and delinquent youths. In 2019 and 2020 he was artistic director of the community dance project "tanzwärts!" at the Theater Hameln.
From 2014 he is a lecturer for dance at the University of Bielefeld (Faculty of Sports Science) and regularly teaches contemporary dance and Contact-Improvisation
"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.”
Critic on "Nice to meet you? - Andreas Berger, Braunschweiger Zeitung