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Capriccio Espagnol

The Ballet Russe Collection

Ballet choreographed by Leonide Massine.
Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
Scenery by Mariano Andreu.
First production by the Ballets Russes de Monte-Carlo, Monte-Carlo, 1939.

A sequence of 5 dances, without any continuous plot, the ballet develops as a grand Spanish divertissement, based upon individual characters: a gipsy fortune teller, a young gipsy boy, a girl from the country and a peasant. The decor was originally designed for Fokine's Jota Araganosa.

Horst Koegler, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Ballet

Massine's Capriccio received comparatively little serious criticism, not even that awarded such frolics as Le Beau Danube and Gaite Parisienne. Yet if only a trifle, its admirers... considered it expertly crafted.

Jack Anderson, The One and Only:The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo

The backdrop is the only remnant of this ballet in our collection, and is unfortunately quite heavily moisture-stained. The picture above has been touched-up and hopefully represents a reasonable approximation of what the drop may have looked like; see below for the "real" picture.

Backdrop for Capriccio Espagnol, by Mariano Andreu