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: COMING BACK AS A MAN
For her PhD she performatively responds to the Richard Demarco archive at the Demarco European Art Foundation. Drawing on the work of Tadeusz Kantor, Joseph Beuys, Paul Neagu, Robert Filliou, Marina Abramović, Bobby Baker, Rose Finn-Kelsey and Ian Hamilton-Finley, her practice is situated in performing archives, autobiographical, postdramatic and participatory-immersive performance. She investigates the subjective archives of Demarco, the performers, as well as the audience-participants and reacts to memories and mementos in intercultural, interlingual, sculptural performances imbued with 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’.