Directing scenes and senses

The thinking of Regie

By Peter Boenisch

Directing scenes and senses


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-2301-5
  • Pages: 224
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £16.99
  • Published Date: August 2017
  • BIC Category: Theatre Studies, PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Direction & Production, PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General, The arts / Theatre studies, Theatre Direction & Production, Theatre studies
  • Series: Theatre: Theory - Practice - Performance


As European theatre directors become a familiar presence on international stages and a new generation of theatre makers absorbs their impulses, this study develops fresh perspectives on Regie, the Continental European tradition of staging playtexts. Leaving behind unhelpful clichés that pit, above all, the director against the playwright, Peter M. Boenisch stages playful encounters between Continental theatre and Continental philosophy.

The contemporary Regie work of Thomas Ostermeier, Frank Castorf, Ivo van Hove, Guy Cassiers, tg STAN, and others, here meets the works of Friedrich Schiller and Leopold Jessner, Hegelian speculative dialectics, and the critical philosophy of Jacques Rancière and Slavoj Zizek in order to explore the thinking of Regie - how to think Regie, and how Regie thinks.


Preface. The dissensus of Regie: Re-thinking "directors' theatre"I. Mise en scène to mise en sens: Towards an aesthetic politics of Regie
1. Regie beyond representation: Directing the 'sensible'
2. The restless spirit of Regie: Hegel, theatrality, and the magic of speculative thinking
3. Theatre as dialectic institution: Friedrich Schiller and the liberty of play
4. The essence of the text and its actualisation: Leopold Jessner, the playwright's radical servant
II. The theatral appearing of ideas: Regie in contemporary European theatre
5. The tremor of speculative negation: On Regie, truth, and ex-position
6. Seeing what is coming: On Regie, playing, and appearing
7. The intermedial parallax: On Regie, media, and spectating
8. Theatre in the age of semiocapitalism: On Regie, realism, and political critique
Afterthought: The future of Regie?


Peter M. Boenisch is Co-Director of the European Theatre Research Network (ETRN) and a Fellow of the International Research Centre 'Interweaving Performance Cultures'

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