Beyonce and her “Countdown” video have caught some flack after a few viewers noticed that her dance moves and costumes closely resembled that of German choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s 1983 piece ‘Rosas danst Rosas’ and 1990 piece ‘Achterland’.
Keersmaeker called Bey out saying: “I’m not mad, but this is plagiarism. This is stealing. It’s a bit rude.”
Some may call it theft, but Beyonce claims it’s inspiration. She released a statement yesterday saying:
“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. 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. I’ve always been fascinated by the way contemporary art uses different elements and references to produce something unique.”