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Arts Festival unveils full programme including Nikhil Chopra's 50-hour performance

Published on Apr 8, 2014 12:14 PM

A 50-hour performance piece by celebrated Indian artist Nikhil Chopra about India's fight against colonialism, and a four-day journey through 20th century music by the London Sinfonietta and the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Orchestra.

These are some of the dramatic finishing touches to the Singapore International Festival of Arts' inaugural edition from Aug 12 to Sept 21.

Festival director Ong Keng Sen, 50, announced on Apr 8 the final six productions of the $6.5-million festival.

Performance artist Chopra's sprawling piece, titled Give Me Your Blood And I Will Give You Freedom, will map out stark landscapes of black ink onto a white canvas, a metaphor for a dark and bloody battle. Audience members are free to come and go throughout the length of this festival commission, a live installation which blends theatre and visual art.

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