“How small a thought it takes to fill a whole
In his last years, in defiance of his deteriorating physical condition, Henri Matisse developed
new method of making art that allowed him to work with brilliant colours even when he was
With scissors as his chief implement, Matisse introduced a radically new operation that came to
a cut-out. Matisse would cut painted sheets into forms of varying shapes and sizes which he then
arranged into lively compositions, striking for their play with color and contrast, their
decorative strategies, and their economy of means. Matisse called his process “painting with
and he developed the act of “carving into color” with innovative expertise.
In a whirlwind of inspiration and event, the 2023 Blue Devils imagine the world of Matisse’s
with THE CUT-OUTS. A musical and visual collage that celebrates environmental
installation with shape,
sound and texture.THE CUT-OUTS mines the tensions that lurk in all the shapes, between
process, fine art and decoration, drawing and color. An eclectic soundtrack bridges the past to
and reflects the circumstance to the vision.
The 2023 Blue Devils bring THE CUT-OUTS to Drum Corps International’s summer celebration
extraordinary performers. With performances across the United States, THE CUT-OUTS honors
miracle of Matisse with music, motion, excellence, and innovation.
“A certain blue enters your soul.”