Beyoncé’s “Countdown” video choreography is remarkably similar to dance moves by a Belgian dancer, proving, once again, nothing is new under the sun. Or Bea can’t stop stealing other people’s work.
The similarities between an earlier work by Belgian contemporary choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Beyoncé’s new video are too striking to ignore.
A video going viral on the Internet compares the striking similarities in the choreography. (See Below)
“I didn’t know anything about this. I’m not mad, but this is plagiarism,” De Keersmaeker told a Belgian Web site. “This is stealing. They took pieces from ‘Achterland’ and ‘Rosas danst Rosas.’
“It’s a bit rude, I must say. What’s rude about it is that they don’t even bother about hiding it. They seem to think they could do it because it’s a famous work,” she added.
Plus, this is the third time Beyonce has apparently incorporated others’ work into her own without credit.
In her video for “Single Ladies,” Beyoncé’s moves were also strikingly similar to a dance by legendary choreographer Bob Fosse.
And, her rocking performance during the Billboard Music Awards appeared to be a knock off of work by Italian singer Lorella Cuccarini.
Beyoncé later acknowledged watching Cuccarini’s work on YouTube and said she should have given her a shout out for influencing her performance.
“My makeup artist showed me the performance of Lorella Cuccarini a year ago, and it inspired me so much,” the singer said in a statement to AOL Music.
Then, again, Cuccarini looks like she lifted heavily from a similar performance in 2009, nearly a year earlier, by a Japanese performance artist known as Nobuyuki Hanabusa, or “KAGEMU.”
Where influencing ends and plagiarism begins is always a judgment call, but Beyoncé should either come up with her own ideas, or give credit where credit is due.
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