Beyoncé accused of copying in choreography row!

November 2011


Beyoncé has been accused of copying the choreography of Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker for the video to her new track ‘Countdown’  after a number of people noted online the /similarities between the Beyoncé promo and two of her dance pieces  ‘Achterland’ and ‘Rosas danst Rosas’. While admitting she and Beyoncé viewed a number of existing dance pieces before devising the ‘Countdown’, the video’s co-director Adria Petty (who had previously said how she borrowed inspiration for various European dances) insists that the overall choreography of the promo is original. Speaking to MTV, she said and her Beyoncé’s team significantly developed any specific elements taken from other pieces, while adding that “German modern-dance references” were actually the greatest influence saying “I brought Beyoncé a number or references and we picked some out together. Most were German modern dance references, believe it or not,” she said.

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