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.”
“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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