Tragic loss of dance student Kirvan Fortuin

15 Jun 2020 - 19:15

It is with deep sadness that over this past weekend we learnt via social media of the brutal attack and death of one of our former students, Kirvan Fortuin. Our heartfelt condolences go out to all in their family, friends and loved ones.

Kirvan had joined the School of Dance in 2010 and had appeared in numerous student productions and tours.  They were well loved and remembered by so many for their bold nature, flamboyance and curiosity. Kirvan returned recently from CODARTS, Rotterdam where they had received a bursary to engage more fully with their passion choreography. In 2018 they registered for their Honours level study and was hoping to complete this work back at their alma mater. Regrettably, this was not to be ...

In her posting one of their Dance lecturers, Lisa Wilson wrote “[Kirvan] You were a force to reckon with, you were always on the MOVE. Moving forward and upward with your dreams, ambitions and strong sense of mission. Nothing but bold and fiery movements characterized your existence on the stage of life. Your long bony limbs like tentacles stretched far and wide shaping an artistry that moved with innovation and kinesthetic eloquence. And then suddenly, the movement stopped. Surely this is just a pause. Surely this is just the intermission....” 

We join many others in the arts and especially the LGBTiQ+ community of Cape Town who are outraged by this tragedy. We do not tolerate gender-based violence and hate crimes, which seem to be spreading like another plague in our country. We call on all to take courage as Kirvan did to say #NotoAllformsofPrejudice,  #EndtoGBV and #FreedomtoLove

We say Hamba Kahle, dear friend, Rest in Peace, Kirvan ... Rus in vrede.