'This is plagiarism': Beyoncé accused of copying choreography in new Countdown video
By Paul Thompson
Last updated at 9:31 PM on 10th October 2011
American singer Beyoncé has been accused of 'stealing' dance moves for her latest music video.
The star is alleged to have copied several moves for her single Countdown from a leading Belgian choreographer.
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker claims Beyoncé is guilty of plagiarism and has hit out at one of the music industry's top selling female artists.
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Copycat? This scene from Beyoncé's new video clip to Countdown has come under scrutiny
Original: Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker claims the star plagiarised this routine
Speaking to a Danish blog, De Keersmaeker said she had not been asked permission by Beyonce's record label to use her original work.
'I didn't know anything about this. I'm not mad, but this is plagiarism,' she said.
There are two routines in the Beyoncé video that have come under scrutiny.
In the first Beyoncé and her backing dancers are seen in a number of disused buildings with a split screen effect.
Familiar: She can be seen through a window on the left, while three female dancers perform a ballet routine in the background on the right
No credit: De Keersmaeker said she had not been asked permission by Beyonce's record label to use her original work
The 30-year-old star looks to the camera through a window on the left, while three female dancers perform a ballet routine in the background on the right.
A remarkably similar effect and movements appear in De Keersmaeker's first work with her company, Rosas Danst Rosas.
Another sequence is very similar to choreography from Achterland, a filmed version of which won the Dance Screen award in 1994.
Tummy rub: The star incorporated her pregnant belly into other parts of the clip
Striking: Beyonce performs the song in front of a black and white background wearing a black polo neck, cropped black trousers and white socks
Black and white style: The singer wears a floppy striped hat, teamed with multicoloured leotards in one clip
Beyoncé has not commented on the plagiarism allegations.
But her co-director, Adria Petty has previously spoken about showing the singer footage of European contemporary dance for inspiration.
She told MTV News: 'I brought Beyoncé a number or references and we picked some out together. Most were German modern dance references, believe it or not.' Petty said the process was 'evolving [and] spontaneous.'
Petty said the Countdown video pays homage to several icons, such as Audrey Hepburn and the Supremes and other references to pop culture.
The eyes have it: Beyonce sports dramatic sixties style green eyeshadow with black winged eyeliner and false eyelashes
Hands of time: The star moves her arms around in a clock like dance in one striking image
'One of the strongest wardrobe references was Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face when she does the beatnik dance scene,' Petty says. 'I think a lot grew from there.'
It is the second time Beyoncé has been accused of plagiarism this year, after choreography and visual effects for her performance of Run the World (Girls) at the Billboard Music awards in May was compared to one by Italian Lorella Cuccarini.
Beyoncé, who is expecting her first child with husband record producer Jay Z, acknowledged she had been inspired by Cuccarini.
Unusual: The star gets her groove on in a dress with cut out panels at the sides and front
Geometric: The stunning singer channels the 1960s era in her revealing but unusual dress
It's time for my close up: Beyonce's flawless skin and pregnancy glow is clearly visible in the video
Beyoncé is known for her dazzling dance routines, both on stage and music videos. She is one of the best selling artists of all time having sold 75 million records and has forged an acting career in Hollywood.
Until her pregnancy she was due to start filming a new version of A Star is Born to be directed by Clint Eastwood. Filming has now been postponed.
De Keersmaeker has been a major force in contemporary dance for more than 30 years.
Her work has won numerous awards and received critical acclaim.
De Keersmaeker said Beyoncé had not even bothered to disguise the fact that she had copied her dance moves.
She said: 'What's rude is that they don't even bother about hiding it.
'They seem to think they could do it because it's a famous work … Am I honoured? Look I've seen local school kids doing this. That's a lot more beautiful.'
A spokesman for Columbia Records, distributors of the video,was unavailable for comment.
Hands on: Beyonce's and husband, rapper Jay-Z, are expecting their first baby, said to be due next spring
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