Marguerite Acarin (Akarova) | The Belgian Isadora Duncan, 1904-1999

Marguerite Acarin (Akarova) | The Belgian Isadora Duncan, 1904-1999
 Akarova – Choreography & costume design for Allegro Barbaro (1929)
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Akarova in Mazurka (Chopin), 1923            Marcel-Louis Baugniet, Akarova, 1925–1926
Costume design by Marcel-Louis Baugniet
Akarova in la danse d’Amour de Falia, 1929

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Marcel- Louis Baugniet- Portrait of Akorava, 1923            Robert de Smet, Akarova, 1923
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Akarova in la danse d’Amour de Falia, 1929
Robert de Smet – Akarova In Berceuse, 1934                    Robert de Smet – Akarova In Sicilienne, 1932
Marguerite Acarin (1904 – 1999) was a Belgian dancer, choreographer, and artist.
Acarin is generally known by her stage-name, Akarova.She was called “the Belgian
Isadora Duncan”.She studied music and dance under Émile Jaques-Dalcroze, creator of
 eurhythmics, after which she joined the Antwerp ballet. She soon left due to disputes
with the ballet mistress.
In 1922, attending a meeting arranged by Isadora Duncan’s brother Raymond, she met
artist Marcel-Louis Baugniet, with whom she would collaborate for many years.
Baugniet coined Marguerite’s stage name.
They married on 31 October 1923, but separated in 1928.In this period she danced,
choreographed, and designed sets and costumes, in performances to works by
composers such as Igor Stravinski and Maurice Ravel.
Marcel-Louis Baugniet and his wife ballet dancer Akarova in 1923
Noted Brussels architect Jean-Jules Eggericx constructed a studio, performance venue,
and home, for Akarova at number 72, Avenue de l’Hippodrome, Ixelles, in 1937. The venue
 opened on 30 January 1937 with performances by Akarova from Francis Poulenc‘s Les
Biches, Maurice Ravel‘s Boléro, and Igor Stravinsky‘s The Rite of Spring. Performances
at the Avenue de l’Hippodrome ended in 1957. After the closure, Akarova devoted
her time to painting and sculpture.

Marguerite Acarin (Akarova), Self Portrait          Marguerite Akarova, Portrait Of A Young Man, 1950-1969


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