W is a research collective that studies action in a performance setting. What does it mean to act as others watch? What characterizes the relation we call theater?

To answer these questions, W simultaneously develops three complementary approaches: a practice, which builds tools and techniques for the actor; a critical method, which suggests reception guidelines for the spectator; and a theory, which works to define notions useful to the first two approaches.

In particular, W produces games, a lexicon of operational notions, a critical seminar, a theoretical apparatus, articles, conferences, research sessions, as well as school visits.

Critical Seminars

The W Critical Seminar is a discussion group devoted to developing critical protocols in the domain of performance, theater, and dance (and also math classes, court hearings, political discourse, religious rites...)

These collective protocols, which are simple but detailed, allow us to observe how meaning is constructed at reception. First, by literally describing what we see, second, by composing more and more exhaustive meanings that finally lead to interpretations that are as large as they are complex.

The first W Critical Seminar was organized by the Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers in partnership with the Review Art21 in 2008-2009.

Le second séminaire critique W a eu lieu au même endroit d'octobre à décembre 2009.