Alecia M Badenhorst

Aletia M Badenhorst

Aletia M Badenhorst, a PhD candidate in Performing Arts, uses a practice as research methodology to performatively respond 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. Her enquiry 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.

Selected publications


  • Badenhorst, A. M. 2017, Teaching as Gesamtkunstwerk, at Provocative Pedagogies Conference, University of Lincoln, 14 October 2017
  • Badenhorst, A. M. 2017, Making Archives Live at The International Presentation Platform for Outstanding Doctoral Research in the Fields of Performing Arts, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania, 8 June 2017
  • Badenhorst, A. M. 2017, The Enduring Enigma of Mata Hari, Inside Out Festival, collaboration with Dr. Julie Wheelwright, 25 March 2017
  • Badenhorst, A. M. 2016, Collaborating with the Archive at Conversations on Collaboration, Irish Society for Theatre Research at Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland, 22 April 2016
  • Badenhorst, A. M. 2015, Making the Richard Demarco Archive Live at Performing Archives Conference, National University of Ireland, Galway, 22 July 2015


  • Upstairs, A. 2017. Between you and Me, collaboration with Sigrun Paschke, [performed on 27 December 2017], Alexander Bar Theatre, Cape Town
  • Upstairs, A. 2017. The Artist as Explorer, collaboration with Richard Demarco, [performed 16 – 26 August 2017 ] at the Demarco European Art Foundation, Leeds Beckett Room, Summerhall, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017
  • Upstairs, A. 2017. Mata Hari, accompanied by a gamelan orchestra, [performed on 28 October 2017 ] at The Legacy of Mata Hari: Women and Transgression symposium, City University, London
  • Upstairs, A. 2017. Bilbao is not in Spain, collaboration with Doctor Woof [performed on 24 November 2017] at Leicester Square Theatre, London
  • Upstairs, A. 2016. Emballage, [performed 9 – 20 August] at Summerhall, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016
  • Upstairs A. 2015. Mementronome, directed by Anna Brownsted [performed 14, 15, 17 October] at ArtFix,  Soho, London

  • Upstairs, A. 2017, My Naam is Aletia (LP), (recording)
  • Upstairs, A. 2013. Catch Me When I Fall ( EP), (recording)
  • Upstairs, A. 2006. Possibility (LP), (recording)


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