Held together with faulty collagen, titanium screws, and excessive scar tissue, Sheila Klein makes a much anticipated return to the Denver performing scene with their new work: #CHAMPION. Reveling in the company of Freddie Mercury, Queen, and an unruly skeleton, #CHAMPION toes the line between levity and grief, triumph and defeat. Having emerged (or emerging) from the trenches of the medical industrial complex, Sheila publicly embraces devices and machines that keep them alive and moving in a world that demands otherwise. A one person show of Queer Disabled survival, #CHAMPION promises the audience a wild ride along the precipices of laugh-out-loud funny, unadulterated sincerity, and all-too-familiar heartbreak. #CHAMPION will rock you.

Please note: Masks will be required. Performers are fully vaccinated and boosted, will test daily during the festival, and will be unmasked.

General/All Ages
50 minutes
Physical Theatre, Dance, Comedy
Savoy Denver
2700 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80205

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Sheila Klein: choreography, performance

Sheila Klein (they/them) is a queer and disabled multidisciplinary artist, performer, choreographer and educator. Their work follows a trajectory in which the collision of tenderness, humor, and grief is both constant and unexpected. Sheila’s work is notorious for eliciting delight, discomfort, and disillusionment; for being too much and not enough all at once.

Sheila’s movement based work is heavily informed by training in postmodern dance, physical theater, and disability justice.

Prior to becoming disabled, Sheila trained and performed in New York City, Ann Arbor, and Detroit with Monica Bill Barnes, Amy Chavasse, Robin Wilson, Peter Sparling, Stephanie Liapis, Xan Burley and Alex Springer. Sheila’s work has been presented by Triskelion Arts, Greenspace Project, Movement Research, Ann Arbor Dance Works, and The University of Michigan.

Masha Mikulinsky: performance, design

Masha (they/them) is an interdisciplinary designer, writer, and visual artist. Masha's work engages with cultural somatics through interactive installations, evoking personal and collective memory at the edge of the tangible and tactile. Masha is profoundly interested in dynamics of awkwardness, critical cultural inquiry, relationship with wilderness, the practice of anti-oppressive methodologies in relationship, multi-modal translation, and play.

Masha has 15 years of training in embodiment and somatics, holds a Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master's degree in Somatic Counseling Psychology, both from Naropa University.

Funny. Authentic. Moving. Accessible. Really really wonderful. I’m so glad I got to experience this show!
Saw #Champion on Friday night and fell in love. This show is deliciously queer, athletic, playful, vulnerable, sexy. It's triumphant at the same time that it completely subverts the pervasive narrative of "overcoming" disability. I love the reimaginings of the relationships in classic Queen songs--again, Deliciously. Queer.
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Savoy Denver

2700 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80205

Entrance: The main entrance is on 27th Ave. 

Parking: Street parking is available on neighboring streets

Accessibility: Ramps, elevator and ADA bathrooms  

Admission: You must show your ticket confirmation or purchase a ticket at the venue; all seating is general admission, audiences will wait in a queue before entry to the show