Urge is a duet for two men, exploring the nature of instinctive, visceral compulsions and how they define us.

Drawing on his experience in contemporary, Latin American and martial art forms, Abreu’s dancing marries sensuality with feline grace and razor-sharp agility. This duet explores the nature of our urges and how they define us. In contrast with the rational mind, urges draw us to our visceral needs and instinctual desires. Nature dictates this form of compulsion, making us question, who or what is really in charge. Our vulnerabilities become exposed as our urges fight for control within us.

Images by Jean Abreu Dance

“Abreu is definitely a talent”

The Guardian

"His partner in the duet Urge is Andrey Petrovic, a mild, milky youth who is physically Abreu's opposite."

Judith Mackrell, The Guardian

Monday, 17 April 2006

The Place Theatre, London

Wednesday, 26 April 2006

Stamford Arts Centre

Concept and Choreography Jean Abreu

Performers Jean Abreu and Andrej Petrovic

Music Neil Kaczor

Lighting Designer Sarah Gilmartin

Costume Designer Tony Wood

Urge was originally commissioned for the inaugural Place Prize in 2004 with support by Bloomberg.