Manuelito Biag is an independent choreographer and the artistic director of SHIFT>>> Physical Theater, a contemporary dance company he co-founded in 1998. As a performer, he has worked with several Bay Area choreographers including Nancy Karp, Eric Kupers, Joe Goode, Robert Moses, and Margaret Jenkins. Manuelito has created over a dozen projects for SHIFT>>>, and has been commissioned to create original pieces for solo dance artists, companies, as well as colleges and universities including San Jose State and Stanford University. SHIFT>>> has been awarded grants from the American Composers Forum, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Theater Bay Area-CA$H, among others.
Manuelito has been an artist in residence at ODC Theater and was the recipient of a Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange (CHIME) fellowship. In 2004, his project entitled “Giving Strength to this Fragile Tongue,” was nominated for Best Ensemble Performance by the Isadora Duncan/Bay Area Dance Awards. His evening length work, “The Shape of Poison,” was recognized in 2007 as one of the year’s top local dance events by the San Francisco Chronicle. In 2009, he was named by Dance Magazine as one of the “Top 25 to Watch,” and in 2011 he received an Isadora Duncan/Bay Area Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography.