As the creator of many BLACKPINK and ITZY’s hit choreographies, the overlapping dance moves in aespa’s Savage have caused the male choreographer to receive many criticisms.
On October 3, SM officially released the MV teaser for aespa’s upcoming title track Savage. In the teaser, a part of the song’s melody and choreography is revealed. Savage’s choreography already looks eye-catching but a dance move has already caught controversy.
Many netizens quickly accused Savage’s choreography of “copying” the dance moves of BLACKPINK’s How You Like That and ITZY’s Not Shy. These are the two famous songs of the YG and JYP girl groups, so it’s not difficult to notice the similarities.
However, the choreography of these 3 songs are all done by the famous choreographer, Kiel Tutin. Therefore, fans started to show their dissatisfaction and suspect Kiel Tutin of recycling the dance moves, even asking him to stop repeating this habit. Shortly after, choreographer Kiel Tutin spoke out against the criticism on his Instagram story.
After seeing the choreographer’s response, netizens left comments:
- Now that the choreographer himself has spoken, is there anyone who still calls this plagiarism?
- I don’t know if it’s similar or not, but keep in mind that BLACKPINK fans haven’t said anything about this.
- Typical Kiel Tutin. He ran out of ideas and keeps recycling the old moves to put them in a new choreography.
- Dancers can have their signature dance moves. Those are like their favorite moves so it’s normal for them to use the same moves in different choreographies.
- It’s not plagiarism, it’s just the same choreographer. But Kiel has been in charge of too many Kpop choreographies, so he ran out of ideas. I’ve seen many groups with the same dance moves.