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Zenaida Yanowsky and Will Tuckett create new work for Tate Modern’s cinema relay of Matisse Live

The new piece, screened as part of Tate’s cinema relay, was inspired by Matisse’s dance cut-outs.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

20 May 2014 at 3.48pm | 8 Comments

Royal Ballet Principal Zenaida Yanowsky and choreographer and Principal Character Artist Will Tuckett have created a new work that will be screened at the Matisse Live cinema broadcast on 3 June at 7.15pm.

The broadcast, a first for the Tate, is a one-off event in which viewers will be able to view Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs in HD detail on the silver screen.

To complement the screening, Will, whose previous credits include The Wind in the Willows and Diana and Acteon from the Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 Mixed Programme, has created a new piece inspired by Matisse’s dance cut-outs. It is performed by Zenaida, who recently created the role of Paulina in Christopher Wheeldon's The Winter's Tale at The Royal Ballet.

The broadcast will also include a behind-the-scenes view of the exhibition with Tate Director and co-curator Nicholas Serota and BBC arts journalist Francine Stock, archive footage of Matisse at work, interview with arts experts and friends of the artist, and a performance by jazz musician Courtney Pine.

The exhibition explores the final chapter of Matisse's life, during which he created work known as the cut-outs, a period widely considered to be the crowning achievement of his extraordinary career. The show includes some 120 Matisse pieces from around the world.

Matisse Live from Tate Modern will be broadcast at cinemas throughout the UK on Tuesday 3 June at 7.15pm.

Zenaida Yanowsky’s upcoming Royal Ballet performances include roles in DGV: Danse à grande vitesse and Manon.
Find out details of the Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

20 May 2014 at 3.48pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs, Matisse, Matisse Live from Tate Modern, screening, Tate, Tate Modern, will tuckett, Zenaida Yanowsky

This article has 8 comments

  1. Carolyn responded on 21 May 2014 at 4:10am Reply

    How wonderful! Now to find a way to see it from outside the UK...

  2. Hi Carolyn...the film will be shown around the world in November to co-incide with the exhibition opening at MoMA in New York. Keep an eye on nearer the date.
    Plus we have 4 other similar films on the way....
    Regards, Phil Grabsky

  3. Victor Patterson responded on 3 June 2014 at 10:46pm Reply

    Absolutely fantastic dance. Even better than the cut-outs...

  4. Mark responded on 4 June 2014 at 10:19am Reply

    Matisse Live was the perfect complement to the Cut Outs at the Tate. I had misgivings about the ballet, but Yanowsky's shapes and the whole choreography were perfectly in tune with Matisse's images - beautiful and quite stunning! The ballet deserves a wider audience, Will it be available on-line?

    • Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media)) responded on 6 June 2014 at 4:42pm

      Hi Mark,

      Glad to hear you enjoyed Matisse Live. I'm afraid the ballet won't be available online, but there will be encore cinema screenings.

      All the best,


  5. Bernice responded on 5 June 2014 at 2:01am Reply

    Yes, do please post the Matisse ballet on line.

  6. Jamieson Thomas responded on 16 February 2015 at 12:19am Reply

    I thoroughly enjoyed Matisse Live. I see that someone else asked my question about seeing the dance and Jazz performances online, but I wondered if Tate Modern has considered selling the dance and Jazz portion as part of a DVD on the cutouts? I'd especially love to see the dance portion again.

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