Concept and Composition

This profile area highlights and articulates questions around the initiation, formation, implementation and documentation of creative and artistic processes. The area includes inquiries about question formation, methods, experimentation, dramaturgy, lineage and influence.

Question formation

Concept and Composition is where questions about aesthetics and ethics are equally important, and where the linking of ideas is as much about asking questions as it is about researching their answers.  Composition is looked at as a process and practice but also but as a question; “what does it mean to compose"?  Concept and Composition provides an opportunity for developing new forms and methods of documentation to deepen the breadth and reach of the research.


The development of concepts allows for articulation of tacit knowledge and expertise and prompts critical review and dissemination of knowledge.  Conceptualization enables an examination of how artistic approaches shape language and vice versa.  Concepts may emerge as the result of a process of investigation and may be the critical thought expressed by a performance/event.  


The formation of ideas and terminology, dramaturgical/narrative structures, interpretation, methodologies and documentation are key concepts, as are the area’s overarching critical terms – concepts and composition – which are understood and activated in the widest possible sense.  This area integrates an exploration of the synergies and frictions that result from encounters between different disciplines, art forms, interpretations and performance traditions.