Song of the Split Elm

Song of the Split Elm

by Brenda Bufalino


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Penobscot reservation on Indian Island in 1853... "Madeline was born singing. She sang melodies like chants, like forecasts, like conversations with flowers and birds." Madeline's father Jeremiah, a Calvinist preacher, lived in fear of his daughter's unique voice and spirit, which could not be contained. Madeline's Penobscot mother, Hannah, wove her baskets in silence far from Jeremiah's hope for her redemption. She was enthralled and comforted by her daughter's sonorous melodies, and in teaching her the art of weaving, also taught her to honor the spirits of her vision. Tormented by Madeline's song, which he believed to be a call to the demons of the Wells, Maine marsh, Jeremiah prayed to his Calvinist God to either silence his daughter, or remove her from his home forever.

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Format: 6 x 9 Black & White Paperback, 150 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Nov 03, 2018)
ISBN10: 197720306X
ISBN13: 9781977203069
Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs

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Brenda BufalinoCreating and performing in many mediums, Ms Bufalino is a mixed genre artist: Author, Choreographer, Playwright, Poet, and Master Tap Dancer. In l975, heralding the tap dance revival, she wrote, produced and directed the award winning first videotape documentary, “Great Feats of Feet…Portrait of the Jazz Tap Dancer,” and for many years collaborated and toured extensively with her mentor, the great tap dancer and actor, Charles “Honi” Coles. In l986 she created the American Tap Dance Orchestra, which toured Internationally for over ten years. During that time, she and her company created Woodpeckers Tap Dance Center and Inter-Arts Space, home of the ATDO, in Soho NYC. She performs her one-person shows internationally, which include original monologs, songs, and dances, and she has appeared as a guest tap dance soloist at Town Hall, Carnegie Hall, The Joyce Theater and Kennedy Center. Many of her choreographies are in the repertory of major tap companies and soloists, and two works were awarded NEA designation as American Masterpieces. The ATDO appeared in the PBS special Tap Dance in America with Gregory Hines. Ms Bufalino's memoir "Tapping the Source...Tap Dance stories, theory, and practice, published by Codhill Press, is now in its third printing, and her poetry book "Circular Migrations,' contains many of her performance monologs. She has received several NEA fellowships and The Tap City Hall of Fame Award, The Dance Magazine Award and the prestigious Bessie Award, among others, all for Lifetime Achievement
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