Imagination unbound

Copyright Keith Kenney, 2012

Copyright Keith Kenney, 2012

Susanna and I, as well as two co-workers and three girls under the age of 5, went to see The Nutcracker. It seemed as if I could read hundreds of people’s minds. The girls in the theater were thinking, “I’d like to become a ballerina.” The women were thinking, “In the past, I had wanted to become a ballerina.”  But, of course, I don’t know what Natia Metreveli’s niece, or Sopho Altunashvili’s two daughters were thinking. I’d like to know because it takes imagination to follow a story told through dance. TV and movie stories are more realistic than puppet theater, ballet, or many playground activities. How does children’s imagination work? What stories are they imagining? All I know is that they have great fun “dancing” along with the ballerinas on stage.

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About keithrkenney
Keith Kenney is a professor of visual communication at the University of South Carolina. He is living in Tbilisi, Georgia, for a year. This blog is about several topics. "CSJMM-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management in Tbilisi, Georgia. "USC-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC) at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. CSJMM and SJMC are recipients of a "Journalism School Partnership" program grant from the US Department of State. The purpose of this $750,000 grant is to improve CSJMM and ensure its sustainability. "Tbilisi, Georgia" is about Susanna Melo and my experiences in Tbilisi. "Columbia, SC" will be about our experiences in our home town--Columbia--when we return home. "Georgia" is about Susanna and my experiences when we travel in Georgia outside of Tbilisi. "United States" is about our experiences traveling in the US. "Films and Photography" is about two documentary films I'm working on in Georgia. One story follows how Adishi handles the rapid tourism that is being developed in Svaneti. The other story follows Tamaz Jalagania, who is a craftsman of swords and guns, an opera singer, and an extraordinary storyteller. "Scholarship" is about my current books, articles, reviews, and grants.

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