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8:04 min


Juan Carlos Zaldivar



  • Winifred Muench
  • Christel Veraart
  • Juan Carlos Zaldivar

Still Photography by James Peterson


The short film, Merope, follows a personification of the hidden star on a journey towards emancipation from the ties that historically have bound her and her six sisters, the Pleiades constellation, in a narrative about captivity and victimization, towards a new story where she claims visibility and a more authentic place in the universe for her and her sisters.


Merope and her sisters, the Pleiades constellation, live in space, void of time and idiom, yet —for centuries— they have inspired artists to create myths, music and performances, which have infused in us a search for universality among our often divided world.


In this original anthropomorphization of Merope, the producers use the film medium itself to create the first iteration of Sedona Ballet’s Reflections Festival, inviting many artists across several arts disciplines —Photography, Music, Spoken Word and Visual Arts—to donate or create works inspired by Merope in one of the most beautiful places – Sedona. All works were then orchestrated under the direction of filmmaker and visual artist, Juan Carlos Zaldivar, underscored by Christel Veraart’s mesmerizing musical composition from a longer musical composition entitled “The Pleiades”.


In an eternal search for universality, Merope presents herself simultaneously as film and festival. Combining all the arts, she transports us to a universal place, to provide the perfect fertile ground for the authentic YOU. 


— Juan Carlos Zaldivar

Credits & General Information

Running Time: 08:04 min

Directed By: Juan Carlos Zaldivar

Producers: Winifred Muench, Christel Veraart, Juan Carlos 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


  • Winifred Muench
  • Christel Veraart
  • Juan Carlos Zaldivar

Production Team & Artists


Production Team

Director: Juan Carlos Zaldivar

Producers: Winifred Muench, Juan Carlos Zaldivar, Christel Veraart

Associate Producer: Rachel Cahayla-Wynne

Director of Photography: Levi Holiman

Dance Director: Rachel Cahayla-Wynne

Planetory Geologist: Steven Williams

Visual Arts Advisor: Mary Byrd

Sound Engineer: Peter Ratner

Wardrobe: Rosemary  Mays

Advisor: Achmed Valk

Advisor: Russell Fox

Technician: Jon Capozzoli

Production Assistant: Zoe Kalmus


Featured Visual Artist: Amy Ernst

Dancer/Choreographer: Jordan Pelliteri

Composer/Narrator: Christel Veraart

Still Photography: James Peterson

Photographer: Glenn Grayson

Poets: Nikita Gill, Hermann Hesse



Team Photos

  • Winifred Muench
  • Christel Veraart
  • Juan Carlos Zaldivar
  • Rachel Cahayla-Wynne
  • Jordan Pelliteri
  • Levi Holiman
  • James Peterson
  • Glenn Grayson
  • Amy Ernst
  • Mary Byrd
  • Steven Williams
  • Achmed Valk
  • Rosemary Mays
  • Zoe Kalmus
  • Geert Boonk

Still Photography by James Peterson


Thus the Stars Draw Their Path

Thus the stars draw their path

Immutable and misconceived.

We entangle ourselves in a hundred bonds

You rise from brilliance to brilliance.

Your life is nothing but light!

I must from my darknesses

Unfold my longing wings

You smile, I fly and am.


— Hermann Hesse

(translation & adaptation by Christel Veraart)


We have calcium in our bones

iron in our veins

carbon in our souls

and nitrogen in our brains

93% stardust

with souls made of flames

we are all just stars

that have peoples names


— Nikita Gill


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Contact Information

Please contact director/producer Juan Carlos Zaldivar and/or producers Winifred Muench and Christel Veraart for any questions you might have.