plural divertissements di-ˈvər-tə-smən(t)s
: a dance sequence or short ballet usually used as an interlude
for visitors seeking more cerebral divertissement, the city boasts a fine performing arts center
Recent Examples on the Web The loveliest expression of these is in the second act, where the enchanted forest is replaced by a pure-dance divertissement. —Sarah L. Kaufman, Washington Post, 10 June 2022 And the Mother Ginger divertissement had to be omitted altogether, since there was no way to fit eight older Polichinelles under her skirt. —Jeffrey Gantz, BostonGlobe.com, 27 Nov. 2021 This season, the Act 2 pas de quatre, a speedy and demanding divertissement for three women and one man, was cut to help streamline the ballet. —New York Times, 25 Feb. 2020 Historical revisionism as an academic divertissement is corrupting, muddling the intellects of generations. —Jakub Grygiel, National Review, 8 Nov. 2019 Festive music is suddenly heard as the people celebrate Thésée’s safe return in an ironic divertissement. —George Loomis, New York Times, 13 Apr. 2018 Whole numbers were excised, though Prokofiev was able to salvage some of the divertissements elsewhere in the score. —Joshua Barone, New York Times, 23 Jan. 2018 With the young Queen Victoria often in the audience, the world’s foremost ballerinas appeared there, sometimes in duets, trios, and quartets, with Perrot making creative breakthroughs in terms of both narrative ballet and pure-dance divertissements. —Alastair Macaulay, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Apr. 2018 With the young Queen Victoria often in the audience, the world’s foremost ballerinas appeared there, sometimes in duets, trios and quartets, with Perrot making creative breakthroughs in terms of both narrative ballet and pure-dance divertissements. —Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, 9 Apr. 2018 See More
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