act:on | Tiago Manquinho

becomes a member of the Companhia Nacional de Bailado after his education at the Escola de Dança Conservatório Nacional in Lisbon before joining in 2000 the Semperoper Ballett Dresden. With an increased focus on a contemporary movement language, Manquinho moved on to join the Staatstheater Braunschweig and later the Städtische Bühnen Osnabrück and the Theater Bielefeld.

Throughout his 20-year dance career, he has danced a wide range of classical and contemporary repertoire, including works by Vaslav Nijinski, John Neumeier, Uwe Scholz, John Cranko, Robert North, Tom Schilling, Mary Wigman, Reinhild Hoffmann and Guilherme Botelho. The collaboration and co-creation of numerous contemporary works have had a strong influence on his artistic signature. He has had the opportunity to collaborate on countless new creations among others by Jo Strømgren, Guy Weizman/Roni Haver, Simone Sandroni, André Gingras, Gregor Zöllig, Henrietta Horn, Rainer Behr, Lionel Hoche and Shlomi Bitton.

From 2015 to 2017 he was resident choreographer at the Staatstheater Braunschweig.

Working as a freelance choreographer since 2017, Manquinho has since collaborated with Theater Gießen, Theater Münster, Theater Vorpommern, Badisches Staatstheater, Theater Lüneburg and Staatstheater Braunschweig, among others. He regularly presents his own productions in Germany and Portugal. 

With act:on, Manquinho initiates in 2021 a project that includes besides his dance productions a wide range of socio-cultural projects.

In search of a concealed beauty, Manquinho creates movement atmospheres through visual and contextual contrasts. His detailed and multi-layered movement vocabulary provides access to the ambivalence of a character or situation. It allows the complexity of socially relevant themes to be portrayed with great emotional depth. At the same time, it is his aim to bring only the essential and existential to the stage.

In the context of various intergenerational participative dance projects, he regularly works with a wide range of members of the community. In 2019 and 2020 he was artistic director of the community dance project "tanzwärts!" at Theater Hameln..

He has been a lecturer in dance (contact improvisation) at Bielefeld University (Faculty of Sports Science) since 2014.
Manquinho is a curator and co-artistic director of the newly founded TanzKOOP, as well as a board member of LaFT Niedersachsen.


"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


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