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

 Akarova - Choreography & costume design for Allegro Barbaro (1929)
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                           
Marcel- Louis Baugniet- Portrait of Akorava, 1923                                        Robert de Smet, Akarova, 1923
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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