Beyonce Accused of Plagiarism Again

Rucuss staffOctober 11, 2011

Singer Beyonce is no stranger to accusations that she uses moves and video scenes from others.

So it comes as no surprise when Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker claims Beyonce copied her dance moves an costumes from her 1983 piece “Rosas danst Rosas” and 1990 piece “Achterland.”

Keersmaeker said:

“I’m not mad, but this is plagiarism. This is stealing.[…]It’s a bit rude.  What’s rude about it is that they don’t even bother about hiding  it.”

Keersmaeker even wrote a letter that was posted on the Studio Brussel site (that has since been taken down), that commented Beyonce’s talents but still scolded the pop diva for taking her moves:

“Beyoncé is not the worst copycat; she sings and dances very well, and  she  has a good taste!  On the other hand, there are protocols and  consequences to  such actions, and I can’t imagine she and her team are  not aware of it.[…]“In  the 1980s, this was seen as a statement of girl power, based on  assuming a feminine stance on sexual  expression. I was  often asked then if it was feminist. Now that I see Beyoncé  dancing it,  I find it pleasant but I don’t see any edge to it. It’s seductive  in an  entertaining consumerist way.”

Beyonce released a statement about the accusations:

“Clearly, the ballet ‘Rosas danst Rosas’ was one of many references  for my  video ‘Countdown.’  It was one of the inspirations used to bring  the feel and  look of the song to life.”

“I was also paying tribute  to the film, ‘Funny Face’ with the legendary Audrey Hepburn. My biggest inspirations were the ’60s, the ’70s, Brigitte  Bardot, Andy Warhol,  Twiggy and Diana Ross. I’ve always  been fascinated by the way contemporary art  uses different elements and  references to produce something  unique.”

Adria Petty, co-director of the video, told MTV News that Beyonce’s video was  meant to pay homage to iconic figures including Audrey Hepburn and The Supremes. The choreographer showed Beyonce a number of European contemporary dance videos to inspire her:

“I  brought Beyoncé a number or references and we picked some out  together.  Most were German modern dance references,  believe it or not.”

This is not the first time that Beyonce has been accused of plagiarism. She was accused of using dance moves from a dance by Lorella Cuccarini at the Billboard Music awards in May. She later acknowledged that Cuccarini had inspired her.

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