Responsive image The Cut Outs 2023 Blue Devils Performance

“How small a thought it takes to fill a whole life!”

-Ludwig Wittgenstein

In his last years, in defiance of his deteriorating physical condition, Henri Matisse developed a thrilling new method of making art that allowed him to work with brilliant colours even when he was bed-bound. With scissors as his chief implement, Matisse introduced a radically new operation that came to be called 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 exploitation of decorative strategies, and their economy of means. Matisse called his process “painting with scissors” 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 final chapter 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 finish and process, fine art and decoration, drawing and color. An eclectic soundtrack bridges the past to the present and reflects the circumstance to the vision.

The 2023 Blue Devils bring THE CUT-OUTS to Drum Corps International’s summer celebration with 165 extraordinary performers. With performances across the United States, THE CUT-OUTS honors the miracle of Matisse with music, motion, excellence, and innovation.

“A certain blue enters your soul.”

-Henri Matisse

Music Includes:

THE RISE — Dave Glyde

CAVES — Cody Fry

JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE — Tominaga, Fujibayashi, Tanaka



BOTH SIDES NOW — Joni Mitchell

OF ENERGY — TesseracT

INCIDENT IN JAZZ — Bob Graettinger

GRAND CANYON FANFARE — James Newton Howard

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