January 2017_by Marcella Vanzo
Rizman Putra is an artist based in Singapore, his work includes performance, visual arts and music. Winner of Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (JCCI), Singapore Foundation Arts Award 2005, he is front man for the indie music group, Tiramisu. He performed and exhibited his works in Australia, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, USA, Taiwan, United Kingdom and Vietnam, as well as the Singapore Biennale 2006 and the Fukuoka Triennale (2005) and received the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology's (RMIT) Most Outstanding Award 2002-2003. Putra is currently an Associate Artist with Cake Theatrical Productions.
A person, a huge red cloak, someone rising form the floor, a dancer, neither a man, nor a woman a human being. It looks like a huge poppy so red, its center so black. It suddenly starts floating up, then lightly dancing, it’s a masculine body with a female lightness, the cloak disappears, it’s a muscular body contracted on the floor, a dancer or a fighter, enclosed in a cocoon. He’s trying to be born, he gives birth to himself, his body resonates with music and we follow breathless, gasping, not knowing whether he is going to make it, outside the elastic membrane that covers him up like skin. It is a statue, it’s a ghost that we perceive through those movement.
It is a primitive birth that he’s recalling, it’s the first birth ever, that of a woman and a man together. He breaks through the membrane and another one a softer one envelops him, the rhythm changes, the music asks for more and he, as light as a feather, he passes through the second membrane and he’s with us, a man, just another mortal. He came form the divine.