Beyoncé has been accused of stealing material for her new music video. A Belgian choreographer has provided video evidence that much of the routine to Countdown appears directly copied from her own work.
The singer debuted the promo for her single Countdown last week, the latest single from her 4 album. But now she faces claims from Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker that a lot of the moves are lifted from her work.
Adria Petty, the director, previously confirmed that she and Beyoncé took inspiration from a number of European sources. According to De Keersmaeker they took a ot more than inspiration.
She has criticized the star’s team for not contacting her for directly using her choreography.
She told a Danish blog:
“I didn’t know anything about this. I’m not mad, but this is plagiarism. This is stealing.”
She alleges that pieces were taken directly from Achterland and Rosas danst Rosas, which she says is “a bit rude,” especially as there appears to have been no attempt to hide the plagiarism. To a casual observer, many of the dance sequences appear directly lifted, executed in exactly the same way in both videos, although not necessarily in the same order.
But De Keersmaeker is far from honoured by the copying, even by a global superstar such as Beyoncé.
“Look, I’ve seen local school kids doing this. That’s a lot more beautiful,” she said.
To make up your own mind whether Beyoncé stole video material, watch the clip below highlighting the similarities between Beyoncé and Keersmaeker’s work.