I think we all knew that a response to allegations that Beyonce stole the dance moves for her video, “Countdown,” was coming and it’s here. Belgian choreographer, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, claimed that Beyonce blatantly copied the dance moves and costumes from her 1983 piece, “Rosas danst Rosas” as well as a 1990 piece, “Achterland.” Beyonce is saying that she was simply “paying tribute” and didn’t plagiarize anything.
Knowles released this statement Tuesday:
“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.”
This is the third time Beyonce has been accused of stealing dance moves. The first time was for her “Single Ladies” video and the second time was for her Billboard Awards performance that was inspired by the work of Italian singer Lorella Cuccarini.
After all of this drama I think it’s a good idea for Beyonce to stop “paying tribute” to the works of others in her videos and performances. If she does want to continue to do this, how about a disclaimer or mention of the person whose work she is honoring before or after her video/performance. Just a suggestion. What do you think?