Aletia Upstairs is an archival performance artist, cabaretist, singer-songwriter and vintage songstress.
Current project: A QUEER LOVE OF DIX
With her practice situated in performing archives, autobiographical, postdramatic and participatory-immersive performance, she drew on the work of Tadeusz Kantor, Joseph Beuys, Paul Neagu, Robert Filliou, Marina Abramović, Bobby Baker and Rose Finn-Kelsey for her PhD practice. Her work investigates the subjective archives of the audience-participants and reacts to memories and mementos in intercultural, interlingual, sculptural performances imbued with original music, poetry and puppetry.
Her approach to PhD research was vastly different to that of a traditional researcher working with an archive as she was performing the documents of ephemeral events in the Richard Demarco Archive. The methodologies she created can be applied universally in archival performance making.
An EP of the songs from ‘The Artist as Explorer’ (PhD practice) was released at the end of 2018. She received 5-star reviews for ‘A Queer Love of Dix’ at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018. 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 and launched a new release of her original music ‘My Naam is Aletia’. She received the Kantor Demarco award for ‘Emballage’ in 2016.