Renowned dancer and choreographer from Macassar, Kirvan Fortuin, has passed away early on Saturday morning after they were reportedly stabbed to death.
According to unconfirmed reports, Kirvan and a 14-year-old girl had gotten into an argument because she had allegedly made an offensive anti-gay slur. The young girl has been arrested by the SAPS on Saturday in connection with the case.
During their career, Kirvan established the Kirvan Fortuin Foundation and the House of Le Cap, for dancers and choreographers to develop and showcase their talents.
One of their most notable productions was Katrina Die Dansende Taal, reflecting the life of Ouma Katrina Esau, one of the last indigenous N|uu speakers, through dance.
In 2019, Kirvan was the recipient of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sports’ ministerial award for the Outstanding Contribution to Preservation and Promotion of an Indigenous Art Form.
Marlene Le Roux, CEO of Artscape says, “Kirvan was from Macassar and against all odds he has chosen to follow his dreams, working actively to enhance the lives of young people in Macassar. He was also an activist against homophobia. He will be deeply missed by me and the staff at Artscape. His passing is a true loss for the creative and arts industry in SA.”