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Circassian Yuan Bourgeois Refutes Suspicions of Plagiarism

On Saturday, famous circus artist Yuan Bourgeois denied suspicions of plagiarism after an anonymous video clip showed similarities between more than a dozen small excerpts from his shows and those of other artists.

The video, which aired a week ago on Vimeo, titled “Business Use”, is a montage that displays, superimposed, excerpts from more or less than one minute of Mr. Bourgeois’s main performances such as “He Who Falls” or “The Art of Fugue” with Excerpts from other artists.

Each time the videos show important similarities in shapes or staging devices.

“I categorically refute my suspicions of plagiarism,” said a circus artist known for his acrobatic performance and co-director of the National Center for Dance in Grenoble. “These are not quotes or even tributes, I am involved in creating original works.”

The video, he says, “is a compilation of short parts that feel manipulative and very violent; I was so hurt that way…”

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