The Face of America™ SeriesIn its role as America's only National Park for the Performing Arts, Wolf Trap developed an original series, Face of America™. The series uses the rich language of the performing arts to celebrate the diverse people, histories, and landscapes that exist in fellow National Parks across the country
2012: Spirit of South Florida
In September 2012 Wolf Trap presented Spirit of South Florida at the Filene Center in Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, which featured Tiempo Libre and Parsons Dance. The live performance showcased new dance commissions interpreting key themes of South Florida’s National Parks, including Big Cypress National Preserve, Biscayne National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park, and Everglades National Park.
2009: Glacier National Park
This event celebrated the grandeur of Glacier National Park with stunning choreography by Trey McIntyre. His company, Trey McIntyre Project, premiered The Sun Road, which went on to be performed nationally and internationally. The performance also featured Montana musicians Philip Aaberg, Jack Gladstone, and Rob Quist.
Thirteen/WNET New York's Great Performances presents
"Dance in America: Wolf Trap's Face of America"
On Monday, April 21, 2008 audiences witnessed the country's most innovative artists as they combined the grandeur of America's national parks with the art of the camera in the premiere of "Dance in America: Wolf Trap's Face of America." This on-location spectacular featured selections from five breathtaking installments from Wolf Trap's acclaimed Face of America artistic adventure series.
Celebrate the spirit of aloha with the epic myth of Pele, the Goddess of Fire, powerfully portrayed in the ancient language of hula by Halau O Kekuhi. The performance featured the contemporary and traditional Hawaiian music and dance of Grammy Award-nominee, Keali'i Rechel, instrumental sounds of Ledward Ka'apana, master of slack-key guitar, and spectacular images filmed at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, and Haleakala National Park.
2003: A Celebration of Flight
Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park
Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
Wright Brothers National Memorial at Kitty Hawk
From the legend of Icarus to the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, the desire to fly has driven human innovation. In America, the dream became reality with the first flight of the Wright Brothers and continued to inspire invention with the first lunar landing, space exploration, and beyond.
Wolf Trap’s Face of America 2003 celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first powered flight of the Wright Brothers by following their adventures from Ohio to North Carolina. It also honored the contributions of the Tuskegee Airmen, World War II African-American military pilots.
2002: Mammoth Cave National Park
Through bluegrass music and innovative dance, Wolf Trap went on a thrilling journey in 2002 to the center of the earth, in the heart of Kentucky's bluegrass country. Mammoth Cave is the longest recorded cave system in the world, with more than 336 miles of explored and mapped land. It is accented by the scenic river valleys of the Green and Nolin Rivers and a section of South Central Kentucky. Face of America went deep underground to explore rock carved long ago by rushing water into massive underground caverns.
2001: Virgin Islands National Park
Wolf Trap explored the beautiful and historically rich Virgin Islands National Park/Coral Reef National Monument. The world premiere of an original dance piece by renowned choreographer Donald Byrd was filmed on location amidst the captivating scenery and historic ruins of St. John and was projected in high definition on large screens at the Filene Center. The dancers also appeared live on stage at Wolf Trap, interacting with their on-screen images. An original musical composition by celebrated jazz composer Steve Turre featured the mystical sounds of the West Indies played on conch shells by Turre and his group Sanctified Shells, and master storyteller Alice McGill built a performance that celebrated the history and heritage of the people of St. John and brought to life the rich stories and legends of the region.
2000: Yosemite National Park
Wolf Trap's partner for the series' inaugural year was Yosemite National Park. An original work, Luminescent Flights, by aerial dance company Project Bandaloop and Native American flutist Robert Mirabal illuminated the beauty and power of Yosemite's towering rock faces in this breathtaking natural environment. The program at Wolf Trap featured segments filmed on location and projected in high-definition television on giant screens and accompanied by a live performance by the artists themselves.