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CorningNY  14830
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<September 2012>

Support Arts Grantmaking: Alligator Mouth Improv Benefit
Sep 21  8:30pm

July 30, 2012 – Corning, NY - The Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2012.  As part of a year-long celebration, the foundation is sponsoring a performance by Alligator Mouth Improv on Friday, September 21, at 8:30 p.m., at 171 Cedar Arts Center in Corning.  The theme of the performance is “Coming. Going. Staying.”  Proceeds will benefit arts grantmaking in the region. 

Based in Corning, and performing internationally, Alligator Mouth uses audience ideas as inspiration for one-of-a-kind performances.  “We create songs in the moment, choreograph dances to music composed on the spot, and allow unscripted stories to tumble from our tongues,” stated Rhonda Morton, founder of Alligator Mouth.  This isn't improv comedy.  We dive in deep and see where it takes us, often creating worlds that are abstract, poetic, and playful. 

Audience members will be asked to submit their thoughts and/or stories on the theme of “Coming. Going. Staying.”  Their input will be used to fuel the performance as it unfolds. 

“We chose this theme to reflect the values and choices that are a part of creating and sustaining community,” stated Morton.  “In addition, it inspires stories of change, growth, and legacy building—all of which are also a part of the foundation’s 40th anniversary.” 

The ensemble’s innovative and inspiring performance format dovetails with the Community Foundation’s grants to non-profit organizations whose programs offer creative responses to the community’s most pressing needs.   

“We’re excited to partner with the performing artists of Alligator Mouth, arts educators at 171 Cedar Arts Center, and community members who support the arts by attending this benefit,” states Randi Hewit, president of the foundation.  “This is the kind of partnership that has fueled the foundation’s 40 years of service to the community.” 

The Community Foundation of Elmira Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc. is a permanent source of charitable funds backed by a wide variety of donors committed to the social and economic health of the Southern Finger Lakes.  Contributions to the organization’s varied funds may be made to the Community Foundation at 301 South Main Street, Horseheads, NY.