Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2017

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors


Theatre & Dance

First Advisor

Gesel Mason

Second Advisor

Iain Court

Third Advisor

Glenda Walden


Examining the dynamic differences between anticipation and waiting, I hope to utilize dance and its ephemerality to discover more about the thought processes behind future thinking and how to move more easily through the individual states of thought. Therefore, I created a body-based live performance titled, Please Hold; it’s Relative, to dive deeper into the physically and emotional manifestations of waiting and anticipating. Waiting is stillness, whereas anticipation is a mental state of preparing for something. They are both forms of future thinking. However, waiting is an action while anticipating is a feeling. Through different production elements, rehearsal process, choreography, lighting and sound, I uncovered how waiting and anticipating manifest differently in the body. Waiting brings a sense of peace, familiarity, and consistency. Anticipating brings anxiety, stress, feelings of confinement, a heavy feeling, surprise, ambiguity and a rigidness. Therefore, when one can achieve waiting without the feeling of anticipation they are able to find a calmness within their body.

GabrielleWhitcomb_honorsthesis.mp4 (665784 kB)
DVD file of Please Hold; it's Relative

Catapult Program vFINAL (1) (1).pdf (388 kB)