pas de deux

noun
\ ˌpä-də-ˈdər How to pronounce pas de deux (audio) , -ˈdə, -ˈdü How to pronounce pas de deux (audio) \
plural pas de deux\ ˌpä-​də-​ˈdər(z) How to pronounce pas de deux (audio) , -​ˈdə(z) , -​ˈdü(z) \

Definition of pas de deux

1 : a dance or figure for two performers
2 : an intricate relationship or activity involving two parties or things

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Lam’s pas de deux with Seo Hye Han is accompanied by Englund’s soft-spoken running commentary, a kind of interior dialogue reflecting each character’s feelings. Karen Campbell, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston Ballet’s John Lam is set to soar in dances from Balanchine to Bournonville," 10 May 2018 The dance itself, though, tended toward the serious, with gracefully fraught solos, a traditionally apprehensive pas de deux for the adulterous Paolo and Francesca, and all kinds of creatures in various states of fanciful torment. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Review: Thomas Adès’ spectacular ‘Inferno’ gets the Wayne McGregor and Tacita Dean touch," 14 July 2019 Winter sashays into summer, while spring and fall pas de deux. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The American Ballet Theatre Hosts Its Spring Gala Celebrating Choreographer Extraordinaire Alexei Ratmansky," 21 May 2019 Which is why some players are calling for clay tournaments — the French Open, which concludes Sunday, in particular — to make this pas de deux a relic of the past and give chair umpires and line judges some help. Washington Post, "Choreography comes to clay: No replay review at French Open," 5 June 2019 To the music written as the coda of Tchaikovsky’s pas de deux (featuring a soft-shoe-wearing Young Drosselmeier and a barefoot Marie), Mr. Morris floods his stage with 12 pairs of subsidiary characters—toys, rats, snowflakes, flowers, party guests. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "‘The Hard Nut’ Review: A Refreshed Christmas Classic," 17 Dec. 2018 Kokoschka uses the closing-time warning at British pubs as the title for a morbid pas de deux between Father Time and a naked figure suggestive of the artist himself. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "A Painter of Ethereal Roughness," 7 Dec. 2018 Étoile dancers are featured in the clip preforming a series of pas de deux from the up-and-coming ballet. Cara Zimmerman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch and Dream: Balmain Dresses the Opéra de Paris Dancers," 12 June 2017 All of this can make for a complicated pas de deux between politicians and the university. New York Times, "Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf Scientist?," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of pas de deux

circa 1762, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pas de deux

French, literally, step for two

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