The restless spirit of Regie
Hegel, theatrality and the magic of speculative thinking
in Directing scenes and senses
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Regie can be considered as a form of what Hegel calls 'speculative thinking', based on a dialectic mode of thought. Considering drama and its performance as Schauspiel, as a game or as a play of sight and showing, enables to develop our understanding of Regie and grasp of its mediation. Theatre, from this perspective, designates first and foremost an art that plays with thoughts and thinking, performed in public, observed and responded to by those who watch, witness and engage. This chapter reflects on the relevance of theatre in both these senses, as theatral Schau and as public Spiel in order to further think through the aesthetic 'revolution of Regie'. It explores the idea of 'theatr(ic)ality and outlines some core Hegelian ideas which productively resonate with Regie. It explores some of the central principles that inform Hegel's mode of thinking, in order to offer a 'Hegelian understanding of post-Hegelian art'.

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