The tremor of speculative negation
On Regie, truth and ex-position
in Directing scenes and senses
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This chapter explores how they exemplarily reappropriated the contested notion of the 'truth of the text', which had almost exclusively been enlisted by the opponents of Regie. The emphatic embracing of 'theatral thinking' is among the most prominent aspects of a Regie that aims for the speculative truth of text, a truth that appears only in the triangulation of the text, its concrete actualisation and the spectating public. Significantly, both Michael Thalheimer and Jürgen Gosch, two directors who represent two different generations of German Regie, both themselves frequently employed terms such as 'truth' and 'truthfulness' when discussing their work in interviews, post-performance discussions and on similar occasions. The notion of 'the truth of a playtext' makes sense only when it is thought within such a framework of ex-position, which asserts that this truth is inevitably our truth.

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