Pas de Deux
Pas de Deux is found both as a dance term and as the name of particular plays.
Pas de Deux the term
This is a ballet term, referring to a dance by two performers, usually a man and a woman, though exceptions do exist. Characteristic of classical ballet, and popular examples are found in Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Giselle.
In 19th century theatre, such pieces were often be performed as interludes between plays in an evening's entertainment, and as part of vaudeville entertainments. This was also popular in in South Africa.
See also Pas Seul (a solo dance).
Besides specific plays by this name, the term is also used as a collective title for an evening of plays on occasion. For example, in 2013 a performance entitled Pas de Deux, consisting of two dance based plays - Skin Tight by Gary Henderson and 2-2 Tango Daniel MacIvor was performed at Studio Theatre’s 2nd Stage, Washington DC.
The original text
Transation and adaptations
Translated into French as Pas de Deux by Alain van Crugten (1973)
Performance history in South Africa
Hugo Claus. 1997. Théâtre complet, Volume 4: Bibliothéque L'Age d'Homme
Volksblad, 16 July 2005.
Die Burger, 16 November 2010.
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