This Independent Study explores the water cycle, dance, and music in sharing motion as a common relationship. It seeks to answer the following questions: “How does research in specific musical scores of The Hebrides, Op. 26 composed by Felix Mendelssohn, La mer composed by Claude Debussy, Blue Planet II and Planet Earth II composed by Hans Zimmer, and choreographer Doris Humphrey’s 1928 modern dance, Water Study reflect the water cycle? Using this research how can new choreography be created?” To answer these questions, I choreographed a dance piece reflecting the water cycle and idea of motion that was premiered in the 2018 College of Wooster Spring Dance Concert. To create choreography for my dance piece, I explored the major processes; evaporation, condensation, precipitation, runoff, and infiltration, involved in the water cycle, choreographer Doris Humphrey’s 1928 Water Study, and musical compositions inspired by water.


Tritt, Kim


Theatre and Dance


Composition | Fine Arts | Geology | Hydrology | Other Music


Dance, Movement, Doris Humphrey, 1928 Water Study, Water Study, Fall and Recovery Theory, Water Cycle, Water, Waves, Ocean, Evaporation, Condensation, Precipitation, Runoff, Infiltration, Felix Mendelssohn, Claude Debussy, Hans Zimmer, The Hebrides Ops. 26, La Mer, Blue Planet II, Planet Earth II, BBC Earth

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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