Aletia Upstairs is a doctor of archival performance, cabaretist, singer-songwriter, vintage songstress, lecturer and producer.
Current project: Vintage Jazz
As an interdisciplinary artist-researcher with a practice situated in the performing archives, autobiographical, verbatim, postdramatic and participatory-immersive performance frameworks, she investigates the subjective archives of performers and audience-participants and responds in intercultural, interlingual, sculptural performances imbued with original music, poetry and puppetry.
Her approach to her 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. Read her PhD on the Portfolio page.
Apart from receiving her PhD in 2019, she was nominated for the QX Cabaret Awards. 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 5-star reviews 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, a devised project with students from Leeds Beckett University.