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Behind the Scenes - Merope by Christel Veraart

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Grant Review

Merope - Grant Review by Christel Veraart

Short Film

In Collaboration with Sedona Ballet & Reflections Festival


Embark on the captivating journey of “Merope,” the personification of the hidden star, as she strives to break free from the historical constraints that bind her and her six sisters, the Pleiades constellation.

This short film and initiative by Sedona Ballet’s Reflections Festival and Christel Veraart has received worldwide acclaim and numerous awards. Winner of “Best Film Soundtrack” at the 10th Film Music Festival in Los Angeles and honored with “Best Composer of the Future” at Cannes’ World Film Festival, “Merope” is a testament to artistic excellence. Additionally, “Merope” has been honored with multiple nominations and awards for “Best Dance Film” in Tblisi, “Best Poster” and “Best Dance Choreography” in New York, further solidifying its status. Christel Veraart’s mesmerizing musical composition, “Pleiades,” underscores the film, enriching its narrative with depth and emotion.


Credits & General Information

  • Running Time: 08:04 min
  • Directed By: Juan Carlos Zaldivar
  • Producers: Winifred Muench, Christel Veraart, J.C Zaldivar
  • Associate Producer: Rachel Cahayla-Wynne
  • Production Company: Sedona Chamber Ballet
  • Edited By: Juan Carlos Zaldivar
  • Director of Photography: Levi Holiman
  • Music/Narration: Christel Veraart
  • Dance Director: Rachel Cahayla-Wynne
  • Performance/Choreography: Jordan Pelliteri
  • Still Photography: James Peterson
  • Featured Visual Artist: Amy Ernst
  • Photography: Glenn Grayson
  • Poetry: Nikita Gill, Hermann Hesse, Christel Veraart


“Sonically immersed in a divine feminine aura of sacred mystery, Pleiades is an engrossingly enchanting album best played at night and will unquestionably appeal to many fans of Lisa Gerrard, Áine Minogue and Hildegard von Bingen!”

— Candice Michelle, Journeyscapes Radio


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Christel Veraart

Composer – Singer – Lyricist