Beyoncé does it again

You think Beyoncé flew in Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaker and her dance company Rosas for the second part of her new video ‘Countdown’ (watch the video on her website – starting around 2:30)? We know she can. Ask Tofo Tofo. But she didn’t.

The Belgian choreographer was surprised when she first saw the video. In an interview with Belgian radio station Studio Brussel today she said: “I didn’t know anything about this. I’m not mad, but this is plagiarism. This is stealing. They took pieces from Achterland and Rosas danst Rosas. Including the dresses and a remake of the school of [architect Henry] Van de Velde [which served as the set for the original recording of Rosas danst Rosas by director Thierry De Mey]. It’s a bit rude, I must say. (…) What’s rude about it 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.” That’s pop for you. The dance company said they’d contact Beyoncé’s lawyers.

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  1. I don't think "plagiarism" applies in dance; it's an art form that, like music, has a long history of appropriation and homage. This is especially true in pop music, which often brings to the mainstream underground and avant garde expressions. Madonna has been an amazing arbiter of dance and music forms on the edges, and successfully moved them to the front. Beyonce is doing the same.

  2. no one owns a dance move so i dont what they are on abt if they want to sue they can go ahead and we just want to know if they invented those dance moves realy not a beyonce fan but i find this stupid. at least we now know who these other pple are

  3. I agree with the post and that there needs to be some respect of original dance move, music etc. I wonder if Beyonce credits de Keersmaeker anywhere. Sampling of sounds also needs to be credited. I do believe it is plagiarism.

  4. The concern is not about using a specific move, this video uses the whole concept including set and costume! That, indeed, IS plagiarism. Just like in music, nobody own the notes and scales, but if Beyonce inserted a whole verse from, say, Madona's song would you not question that?
    What concerns me is how in general eye dance is being dismissed as an art form completely diminishing it's value.

  5. For those of you curious, read the Copyright Act. Although dance moves may be public domain, the combination of these in a determined pattern (choreography) is copyrightable. In order for the author to acquire copyright his/her choreography, the author must present a piece that is “fixed in a tangible medium of expression from which the work can be performed.” This means that the author must record the work in some physical medium.
    Read the Copyright Act and be the judges of this, but from a 3rd year law student's perspective, this most likely will end in courts and after a few motions here and there, the controversy will be settled for a generous amount of money. ; )

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