TiagoManquinho creditos Bettina St CaDA 2022

Conception by Tiago Manquinho
Premiered on September 22 and 24, 2022, at Teatro Municipal Joaquim Benite

50' | ages 6 and over


The new creation by guest choreographer Tiago Manquinho, “Agarra a minha mão e…” (Hold on to my hand and...) will be developed in an artistic residency in Almada, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Quinzena de Dança de Almada festival.


From a European perspective, much of what has been taken for granted is no longer perceived as such.

Like fallen angels, we land in a reality long ignored or from which we felt protected. We feel exposed and vulnerable. We feel the ground under our feet breaking. Our sense of trust is shaken.

Fallen angels will lose their God’s grace and protection. However, they not only feel vulnerability, pain and sadness, but they also discover belonging, pleasure and love.

Tiago Manquinho


Conception: Tiago Manquinho
Choreography: Tiago Manquinho in collaboration with the performers
Performance: Bruno Duarte, Lúcia Salgueiro, Luís Malaquias, Mariana Romão, Miguel Pinheiro, Raquel Tavares and Vitor Afonso
Light Design: Hugo Franco and Paulo Santos - Stageplot
Costumes and Musical Production: Tiago Manquinho
Music: Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Antony and the Johnsons, Kimmo Pohjonen, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Homin Lviv Municipal Choir, Kate Bush
Rehearsal Direction: Maria João Lopes


Tiago Manquinho completed his education in classical and contemporary dance at Escola de Dança Conservatório Nacional in Lisbon. After his first engagement at 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 Bielefeld Theater.
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. 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, Tanzcompagnie Gießen, Tanztheater Münster and Ballett Vorpommern. He has presented his independent productions, such as "Pagliacci" and "Who's afraid of the Big Bad Wolf" in Germany and Portugal. In 2021, Manquinho initiates act:on, a project that includes both its own dance productions and a wide range of socio-cultural projects. "Echogedicht" is the first production under this label, premiered in September 2021. 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. 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.



Teatro-Cine de Torres Vedras, Torres Vedras - Portugal, October 21, 2022


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Contact the production of Companhia de Dança de Almada for the presentation of this creation (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


Rua Manuel de Sousa Coutinho, 11

2800-163 Almada, Portugal

Tel: +351 212 583 175

E-mail: geral(@)cdanca-almada.pt

Mon. to Fri., 10AM to 1PM | 2:30PM to 6PM

Ca.DA Escola

Rua Manuel de Sousa Coutinho, 11

2800-163 Almada, Portugal

Tel: +351 212 500 145

E-mail: escola(@)cdanca-almada.pt

Mon. to Fri., 4PM to 8PM

Quinzena de Dança de Almada International Dance Festival

E-mail: quinzena(@)cdanca-almada.pt



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