This is part of a series of site-specific works commissioned by Wolf Trap:
In recognition of the extraordinary role that America's national parks play in preserving our country's rich cultural and natural resources, Wolf Trap launched its original performances series,Face of America, in 2000, taking audiences on a journey to discover the diversity of people and landscapes that shape our nation's past, present, and future. For each performance, Wolf Trap commissions artists to create site-specific work that is captured on location at the national park in high-definition video. A taped performance projected on giant screens combines with live music and dance on the Filene Center stage to bring the essence of the national park to Wolf Trap's audience.
I'm pretty certain Peter Boal said in a Q&A last year that he recommended Bartee for this commission. Olympic National Park is one of America's treasures in the Pacific Northwest.
In general, Bartee does not choreograph ballets, although he does use pointe. He is a dancer with PNB and a contemporary choreographer, who is being presented by more and more by ballet companies as well as by contemporary companies like Whim W'him. This is well within Peter Boal's aesthetic: the most recent Director's Choice program included two modern dance works, Susan Marshall's "Kiss" and Molissa Fenley's "State of Darkness" and one contemporary work, Alejandro Cerrudo's "Memory Glow."