Fidgeting at the front of the stage, two performers adjust a projector and play with their laptop. Is this part of the performance we ask ourselves? An initial query that turns out to be the first of many posed by New Creation.
As darkness descends, meta questions are beamed onto screens manipulated by Filipe Pereira and Teresa Silva, whose bodies are threaded through the metal frames. “We’re recording ourselves, are we capturing the present?" Is it a dead present, or a living archive?
Films from rehearsals and past performances are projected, as gauze sheets unravel from the ceiling. Images becoming blurred with each new layer, creating a visual map of the piece’s history.
Twisting and undulating fluidly behind the projections, the performers’ bodies are intermittently submerged by flickering multi-coloured lights. These choreographic sequences are aesthetically pleasing, yet feel incongruous with the show’s meta-theatrical themes.