Theatre Replacement has kept a small studio space in Vancouver’s Russian Hall since 2011. Some years ago, in a neighbouring closet, we came across close to 20 hours of 16mm films sent from the USSR between the 1950’s and 80s. These slowly decomposing artifacts, many of them fragments, cover everything from heavy industry to demonstrations of folk dances. Drawing on this discovery as both a conceptual and aesthetic spark, Do you mind if I sit here? brings together an ensemble of artists to develop an immersive performance that combines speculative fiction and a shared meal.
We begin this process at a moment of significant global uncertainty and, hopefully, equally unbound imagination. In 2022, after two years of development, Do you mind if I sit here? will offer audiences a place and a moment wherein we might collectively imagine a future we could have never guessed would exist.