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pas de deux
▪ Admittedly in many of Petipa's pas de deux he seems merely to be a porter.
▪ And it is in so many of Ashton's pas de deux where the truth of those words is always evident.
pas de deux

alt. (context dance English) A dance performed by two dancers. n. (context dance English) A dance performed by two dancers.

pas de deux

n. (ballet) a dance for two people (usually a ballerina and a danseur noble) [syn: duet]

Pas de deux

In ballet, a pas de deux ( French, literally "step of two") is a dance duet in which two dancers, typically a male and a female, perform ballet steps together. The pas de deux is characteristic of classical ballet and can be found in many well-known ballets, including Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Giselle. It is most often performed by a male and a female (a danseur and a ballerina) though there are exceptions, such as in the film White Nights, in which a pas de deux is performed by Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines.

Pas de deux (dressage)

A pas de deux is an equestrian performance using two horses. The horses perform dressage movements, usually mirroring each other, and almost always accompanied by music. Pas de deux are often performed in exhibitions at special events, and are also used by professional acts, particularly the Spanish Riding School.

Pas de deux (disambiguation)

Pas de deux is a ballet duet in which steps are performed together.

Pas de deux may also refer to:

In ballet:

  • Pas de Deux (d'Amboise), a ballet by Christopher d'Amboise
  • Pas de Deux (Robbins) or Andantino, a ballet by Jerome Robbins
  • Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, a ballet by George Balanchine

In other uses:

  • Pas de Deux (band), a Belgian band
  • Pas de deux (dressage), a performance with two horses
  • Pas de deux (film), a 1968 film directed by Norman McLaren
  • Pas de deux (Horner), a 2014 double concerto by James Horner
  • "Pas de Deux" (Law & Order: Criminal Intent), an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent
  • Pas de Deux (solitaire), a card game
Pas de deux (film)

Pas de deux (released as Duo in the United States) is a 1968 short dance film by Norman McLaren, produced by the National Film Board of Canada.

The film was photographed on high contrast stock, with optical, step-and-repeat printing, for a sensuous and almost stroboscopic appearance. It shows a ballerina (Margaret Mercier) dancing by herself (or rather, with images of herself), before being joined by a male dancer ( Vincent Warren), to perform the pas de deux of the title, as choreographed by Ludmilla Chiriaeff.

The film is choreographed to Romanian pan pipe music.

Pas de Deux (solitaire)

This articles is about the form of Solitaire called "Pas de Deux" as implemented in the computer program PySol. It's named after the Ballet term pas de deux ("dance for two").

In PySol Pas de Deux is categorized as a "Montana" type game.

Pas du Deux is played with two decks which are kept separated. On is shuffled and laid out, all cards face up, in a tableau of four rows by thirteen columns (4x13). The other deck is shuffled and used as a talon (or stock).

One proceeds through the talon one card at a time. Whichever card appears next on the talon signifies the single card in the tableau which can be moved. That card can be moved horizontally or vertically ... swapping with any card along those axes. The player only gets one redeal. (In other words one only gets two passes through the talon).

The object of this game is to arrange all of the cards from ace to king (left to right) with clubs at the top, followed by spades, hearts and diamonds.

This is a surprisingly difficult game. It's relatively easy to get within three or four swaps of the winning position but almost impossible to win within the limited two passes through the talon.

Pas de Deux (d'Amboise)

Pas de Deux is a ballet made for New York City Ballet by Jacques d'Amboise to Webern's Six pieces for orchestra. The premiere took place May 29, 1969, at the New York State Theater, Lincoln Center.

Pas de Deux (band)

Pas de Deux (Walter Verdin, Dett Peyskens and Hilde van Roy) were a Belgian band, best known for their participation in the 1983 Eurovision Song Contest, and the controversy surrounding their selection as that year's Belgian representatives. The band was formed by Verdin in Leuven in 1982.

Pas de Deux (Horner)

Pas de Deux is a double concerto for violin, cello, and orchestra by the American composer James Horner. The work was commissioned by the Norwegian brother/sister musical duo of violinist Mari Samuelsen and cellist Hakon Samuelsen with contributions from the A. Wilhelmsen Foundation. It was composed from 2011 through 2014 and premiered November 13, 2014, with Mari and Hakon accompanied by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic under conductor Vasily Petrenko. Pas de Deux marked Horner's first major foray into classical music since the 1980s.

Usage examples of "pas de deux".

Her tidy script told of a mysterious Madame Neroda, who headed the ballet, of the pianist Felsner-Imbs, who had followed her to Berlin, of little Fenchel, her partner in the pas de deux, and of ballet master Haseloff, who, chronically hoarse and always rather weird, directed exercises and re hearsals.

And you couldn't even complete the Don Quixote pas de deux at the gala.

From several yards away Martin Vlasky shot her a penetrating glance even as he said to one of a pair of new dancers practising the entree from A pas de deux he had created more than fifty years ago.

Snow danced the role of the Wizard-not at all the kind of Wizard who had been in Ellin's book, but then she wasn't exactly the kind of Dorothy who had been in the book, either-and the two of them had a long, sultry pas de deux in Act II.

And I doubt you want to fire a gun in the middle of the pas de deux.

People used to be (and sometimes still are) afraid to pair a non-white guy with a white ballerina (or vice versa) in a pas de deux.

Equally grotesque, though not as incredible, is the pas de deux that now begins between the king and the pope.

The metaconcerted pas de deux resumed in a blare of triumphant mindsong.

It didn't take long for Phil to pull Wanda stage center for an impassioned pas de deux.

Only she prevented Reto Feller from carelessly bounding headlong into the escalating pas de deux.