ZUID-AFRIKA | Queer danser Kirvan Fortuin vermoord

Een 14-jarig meisje heeft in Kaapstad in Zuid-Afrika queer danser Kirvan Fortuin (28) vermoord. Het meisje stak Fortuin neer naar aanleiding van een ruzie op straat. De danser overleed op weg naar het ziekenhuis.

Fortuin was non-binair. In België zegt de naam Kirvan Fortuin weinigen iets, maar buiten Zuid-Afrika was hen wel bekend in Nederland. 

Hen studeerde dans aan Codarts in Rotterdam, danste bij de compagnie van Krisztina de Châtel en creëerde stukken bij onder meer Afrikaanse Kunstefees Amsterdam

Fortuin schreef op Instagram op 1 juni:” Ik ben veroordeeld, bekritiseerd, bespot, gedwarsboomd, getreiterd en zelfs met de dood bedreigd, omdat ik ben wie ik ben, en om het werk dat ik doe.”

Op 13 juni werd Fortuin neergestoken. 

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I have been judged, criticised, mocked, sabotaged, bullies and even received death threats for being who I am and the work that I do. Today we celebrate International World Pride Month, and today I would like to say again, I will always and forever fight for the visibility and voice of th marginalised within mainstream, whether in corporate, civil, commercial or the art world. When I started House of le Cap 3 years ago, I would get messages from people in my industry saying “be careful that these flamboyant ways don’t distract your beautiful choreography” and “are you sure this is what you want to do so early in your career as a choreographer” it broke me, and pulled me away from theatre and dance, because basically what they wanted to say was “die moffie geit moet nou ent kry.” Too many POC, queer people, poor people and people from the Cape Flats and every other rural community have died for me to live restricted because I’m considered the other. Their deaths will never be in vain whilst I’m around. Today we remember those we paved the way for us and most importantly why. Since I started House of le Cap we have raised R10 000 for HIV/AIDS awareness, food vouchers for several local NGO’s and made sure that our trans community got their treatment and medication during lockdown. So before you judge based on the fact that I’m a coloured Moffie from Macassar please refer to the above, and ask yourself what have I done for my community. Two weeks ago we celebrated and commemorates International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia and in partnership with the Kingdom of the Netherlands in SA we hosted our first virtual ball, which attracted over 15 000 across the globe. This week I will be hosting SA’S biggest queer event. The ball culture has always existed in Africa, long before I was born so it is something that is embedded within us. Balls are a platform for expression and activism. It is a place where we celebrate each other and question certain things in society. My balls always make some sort of political statement, because balls are and should be a parody and satire on society. As Africans we are at a phase where we are eager to define us.

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Beeld: Wikipedia
Bron: De Standaard

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