Beyonce admits to plagiarism charges
Washington: Beyonce has admitted that the dance moves in her latest single ‘Countdown’ have been inspired by Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s 1983 piece ‘Rosas danst Rosas’.
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker vented out her anger for not being approached before ``her`` moves were used in the clip and threatened to sue Beyonce on charges of plagiarism. She claimed that the singer and video director Adria Perry stole the moves, costumes and staging from her piece.
Reacting to the accusation, the singer admitted that De Keersmaeker’s work was an influence on the video.
“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,”Contactmusic quoted her as saying.
But the singer asserted that she had other influences as well, which included Audrey Hepburn movie ‘Funny Face’, film star Brigitte Bardot, artist Andy Warhol and soul legend Diana Ross.
“I’ve always been fascinated by the way contemporary art uses different elements and references to produce something unique,” she said.