W-critique attempts to built and experiment tools for the reception of performances.
It draws on two basic principles : first, to give back to the spectator the task of producing meaning based on what he observes; second, to try and multiply the possible meanings of a performance rather than decyphering a pre-existing content.
The W-critique relies on the W-lexicon, a set of operative notions that attempt to name the different aspects of the reception process of a performance.
The W-critique is implemented within the W-protocoles, real-time observation and interpretation devices for performances.
These protocols, in which the activity of the spectator is formalized so it can become a specific object of study, are developed, tested, and put in practice during the W-critical seminars.