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I K(no)W (a full length solo performance by Kel' Wil', aka Kellita)
San Francisco, CA
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I K(no)W (a full length solo performance by Kel' Wil', aka Kellita)
Lived + Performed by Kel' Wil' (aka Kellita)

Developed with + Directed by Martha Rynberg

ABOUT I K(no)W ::

How do we know when we can't "no"? How do we "no" when we can't know? On the road toward k(no)wing herself, Kel' finds unexpected revelations in an airplane potty, at a New Orleans burlesque festival, and in a spacious room at SF General, sipping coconut water.

What folks are saying about I K(no)W ::

"Kel' Wil, the superb and witty burlesque dancer/choreographer, leaves her clothes on and lays her heart bare in this warm telling of her unsettling partnership with her own powerful, eloquent, recalcitrant body. Knocked flat repeatedly by ulcerative colitis, Kel'  determines to search out the emotional and spiritual sources of her troubles. In "I K(no)w," she stands and delivers the story of her recovery, frankly, with great humor, and begs the question of her audience - how do we force ourselves to make the indigestible digestible? And how can we get ourselves to stop doing it?"  - Amanda Moody

"Kel Wil occupies the stage entirely as herself.  This show and story is authentic, strong and vulnerble, light and funny, deep and vast.  Kel moves through these realms with ease, and her ability to be 100% herself on stage while taking us on a curvy ride through the boom booms of life makes for a beautiful experience as an audience member.  When someone is entirely themselves like this, it creates so much more space, its like a warm bath for the audience, it lets me notice myself.  Kel is one of those rare performers that appears to not be performing at all but entirely being on stage."  - Julie Gieseke

"I have known Kel Wil for many many years - performing with her during my roaring Cabaret 20s.  She is a phenomenon of the SF Burlesque stage, brining depth and thoughtfulness to the art form like no-one else.  She has been helping woman find their power and self love through Burlesque with her " Show Girl Awakening" program for years And now she is diving into her personal journey of how she came to that work in this fabulous show. I was so impressed by Kels ability to gracefully hold a truly vulnerable and sweet storytelling space.  I was never bored, not for even one moment of her engrossing tale. Her simple and elegant storytelling style helped me make discoveries about subjects I have been thinking about for years. For anyone interested in artistic expression as an exploration of personal evolution, you must see this show!  Or if you are simply a human, you should see this show! Ha. I left with insights, a love for being alive and gratitude for the art of storytelling. Thank you Kel Wil. I hope this show has a long life." - Joyful Raven

ABOUT KEL WIL (aka Kellita):
Kellita, the creator of Showgirl Awakening, is an Artist, Dancer, Director, Choreographer, Teacher & Mentor. For the past 2 decades she has performed, designed, & curated transformational shows and events all over world, from San Francisco to New Orleans, Hollywood to Montreal, and Paris to Tokyo.
Highlights in Kels career: founding award-winning dance troupe Hot Pink Feathers, Queen of Carnaval San Francisco 2008, 5x finalist at the Burlesque Hall of Fame, but most importantly: channeling the Awakening Showgirl herself by catalyzing 100s of women to dust off the fountain of self-love that was hiding right in the center of their very own shimmy.  And arriving here, today, with you, feeling and seeing herself, sharing what she knows and nos.

As Principal Director at SPW, Solo Performance Workshop, Martha is dedicated to developing socially relevant, politically conscious, personally challenging solo performance. Martha has worked with over 100 performance artists to find the story in personal histories and social/political movements.


Stagewerx (View)
446 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
United States


Arts > Theatre

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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