In a slow, ritualistic dance, two identical male twins fuse together, forming
a single being of remarkable strength and balance. With unfaltering concentration and
breathtaking choreography, they push their bodies to the outer limits of human strength.
Morphing into a pulsating synth bass line, "Urgence" provides a perfect backdrop for the
Hand-to-Hand act of two strongmen, originally performed by the Lorodor Brothers, now of
A great representation of the bandleader's duties is represented in the video by
keyboardist, Bridgette LaRouche. After several hand-to-hand movements, Paulo attempts to
raise a hand-standing Marco by his feet, which is the climax of the act and thus the music
rises to the occasion. However, Paulo has difficulty in raising Marco and has to give up
momentarily. Bridgette notices this and directs the band to soften the song until he
triumphantly raises his brother in the air. Then on cue, the music's chord pattern ascends
with Paulo's legs. During their bow, Paulo expresses pain in his face. And to think they do
this twice a night, five nights a week.
The Hand-to-Hand act was a lost art during the original European Tour (1995-1996) after
The Lorador Brothers left to pursue Mystère; therefore, the performance was replaced with
a contortion piece from Nouvelle Experience. Hand-to-Hand made its triumphant return for
the re-staging process in 1999 and continued through its Asian/Pacific tour. This tour
found the duo of Daniel and Jacek Gutszmit from Poland in the spotlight, and others have
gone on to continue the tradition of this fine, strength-filled act.