'Whoever You Are' award-winning new film from Javier De Frutos, produced and performed by Piper & Chantry
Renowned director Javier De Frutos in collaboration with producers and performers Piper and Chantry, has created the award-winning new short film, 'Whoever You Are'.
Shocking, sensual, raw, radical – these are words synonymous with De Frutos’ work. Renowned for creating brutal yet beautiful film and stage work, De Frutos has consistently stunned the British dance world with his ability to make work that not only is violently challenging, but also sears the stage with its intelligence and wit. He is one of only three artists in the history of the Olivier Awards to have received nominations in all dance categories and has worked with an abundance of companies and artists all over the world.
In July 2021 De Frutos commenced work with Rae Piper and Paul Chantry at Chantry Dance on a new short film. Piper and Chantry play 'She' and 'He' respectively, the two characters who feature in this cinematic adaptation of Walt Whitman’s evocative poem, ‘Whoever You Are Holding Me Now in Hand’.
Although this is the first time De Frutos has worked with Chantry Dance, his relationship with co-Artistic Director Paul Chantry goes back a long way. Chantry has danced for De Frutos in several productions, including the controversial ‘Eternal Damnation to Sancho and Sanchez’ in 2009 and ‘The Most Incredible Thing’ in 2011. Piper said: "I once stated I would cut off my right-arm to work with Javier De Frutos. Fortunately, such drastic measures haven’t been necessary, but I can say without a shred of hesitation that the dance world needs more work by Javier De Frutos, and Chantry Dance is honoured to collaborate with him."
We are delighted that since it's release, "Whoever You Are" has received multiple awards:
Best Producer (Award of Prestige) - VEGAS MOVIE AWARDS
Best Indie Short (Award of Excellence) - VEGAS MOVIE AWARDS
Best Experimental Film (Award of Excellence) - VEGAS MOVIE AWARDS
Best Choreography (Award of Excellence) - VEGAS MOVIE AWARDS
Best Voice Over (Award of Excellence) - VEGAS MOVIE AWARDS
Best Director/Short (Award of Merit) - VEGAS MOVIE AWARDS
Best Cinematography (Award of Merit) - VEGAS MOVIE AWARDS
Best Screendance (Winner) - INDIE SHORT FEST
Best Screendance (Gold Award) - INDEPENDENT SHORT AWARDS
Best Experimental Short (Winner) - IMAGINE RAIN INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS
Best Experimental Short (Winner) - CALGARY INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
Best Male Director (Winner) - PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
Best Experimental Short (Winner) - COOPER AWARDS
Experimental Short (Outstanding Achievement Award) - INDIE SHORT FEST
Adapted Screenplay (Outstanding Achievement Award) - INDIE SHORT FEST
Screendance Short (Outstanding Achievement Award) - INDIEX FILM FEST
Adapted Screenplay (Outstanding Achievement Award) - INDIEX FILM FEST
Set Design (Honourable Mention) - INDIEX FILM FEST