Another artist has accused Beyoncé of stealing their work and passing it off as her own.
Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker claims that Bey obviously copied her 1983 piece titled "Rosas danst Rosas" and a 1990 piece called "Achterland." From the moves to the costumes, Anne claims that what you saw in two segments of Bey’s "Countdown" video was ripped directly from her work.
“I’m not mad, but this is plagiarism. This is stealing," Anne told Studio Brussel. "It’s a bit rude. What’s rude about it is that they don’t even bother about hiding it.”
Aside from that, Anne revealed that she’s not quite sure how to feel about the references to her choreography.
"I am glad that ‘Rosas danst Rosas’ can perhaps reach a mass audience which such a dance performance could never achieve, despite its popularity in the dance world since 1980s. And, Beyoncé is not the worst copycat. She sings and dances very well, and she has a good taste!" Anne said in a statement to The Performance Club. "On the other hand, there are protocols and consequences to such actions, and I can’t imagine she and her team are not aware of it.”
Take a look at a mashup of Beyonce’s "Countdown" and Anne’s work.
Beyoncé, for her part, has not denied that she drew inspiration from Anne’s pieces for her ultra-mod video, which was released to much fanfare last week. The video’s director, Adria Petty, also told MTV News that she and Bey sat down with several pieces to reference, and Anne’s happened to be one among many.
“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," Beyoncé said in a statement before listing the rest of her muses for the video.
The "Til the End of Time" singer paid homage to several decades and their various stylemakers in her video.
“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," Bey went on to say. "I’ve always been fascinated by the way contemporary art uses different elements and references to produce something unique.”
Watch all of "Countdown" to see if you can pick out where Bey references each of these artists.
This is not the first time that Beyoncé has been accused of plagiarism. Her set at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards came under scrutiny for its striking similarity to a performance by Italian artist Lorella Cuccarini.
Meanwhile, her moves from "Single Ladies" drew heavily from a piece by iconic choreographer Bob Fosse.