Aletia Upstairs is a performance artist, cabaretist, singer-songwriter and vintage songstress in the fourth year of a PhD based on Performing Archives. Current project: BILBAO IS NOT IN SPAIN


Her practice involves (auto)biographical, verbatim, one-to-one, sculptural, participatory, immersive and cabaret performance as well as performing archives. For her Practice as Research PhD she imaginatively reworks the Richard Demarco archive (focusing on the work of Tadeusz Kantor, Joseph Beuys, Paul Neagu, Bobby Baker, Marina Abramović, Robert Filliou and Rose Finn-Kelcey) as she investigates subjective archives and examines individual memories and mementos in innovative performance pieces that are intercultural and interlingual with traces of original music, poetry and puppetry.

In 2017 she received a 5-star review for ‘The Artist as Explorer’ at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, was a Jazz Idol Finalist for the London Gay Big Band, debuted a new cabaret collaboration ‘Bilbao is not in Spain’ and launched a new release of her original music ‘My Naam is Aletia’.