In their first production together, Bit by Bit, Vandenberghe and the Bruyninckx brothers find each other in the balancing act between connectedness and resilience on the one hand, and the inevitable fall on the other, a sense of loss lurking behind every corner. Quite literally: in a visually rich direction by Vandenberghe, the brothers experiment with a particular circus technique for which they are completely dependent on each other for their safety.
This moment is the culmination of a year’s worth of artistic research and physical training, but also of the brothers’ lifelong sharing of joys and sorrows. They’ve grown up together and have become circus artists together. They’d spent more time in each other’s presence than many wedded couples of the same age. Then, bit by bit, they’ve let each other go, missing each other immensely, however. Bit by Bit is the ultimate rapprochement attempt. For the first time ever, the brothers meet in the ring.
Bit by Bit is the physical dissection of a brotherhood. Sometimes shrunken to a scanty look of recognition or rather enlarged to mythical proportions like Cain and Abel (brotherly hate) or Castor and Pollux (brotherly love). They compete with jackhammers, masonry and John Massis-y monster motor bikes, they mold themselves to each other’s manly images or rather attempt to escape them. They openly confront who they became thanks to and despite of one another. However, because they’re brothers, they’ll always remain inescapably condemned to each other.