Episode Two: Ria Righteous


  • Rajni Shah
  • Ria Righteous
  • Fili 周 Gibbons




dearmouring, love, healing, Kersal Dale, heart leadership, education, trees, squirrels, childhood


In this first full conversation, Rajni Shah and Ria Righteous take time to allow words to emerge between them through deep listening. The conversation is intimate and personal, meditating on themes of grief, selfhood, family, renewal, and the long and difficult work of dearmouring the heart and body.

This episode is accompanied by a short offering in which Ria guides the listener through a meditation called ‘Breathing the Body’. The offering was recorded by Ria in Kersal Dale, near the river Irwell in Salford.

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Author Biographies

Rajni Shah

Rajni Shah (they/them) is an artist whose practice is focused on listening and gathering as creative and political acts. Key projects—always created alongside and in collaboration with others—include hold each as we fall (1999), The Awkward Position (2003-2004), Mr Quiver (2005-2008), small gifts (2006-2008), Dinner with America (2007-2009), Glorious (2010-2012), Experiments in Listening (2014-2015), Lying Fallow (2014-2015), Song (2016), I don’t know how (to decolonize myself) (2018), Feminist Killjoys Reading Group (2016-2020) and Listening Tables (2019-2020). In 2021, Rajni will publish a monograph and series of zines as part of the Performance Philosophy Series, entitled Experiments in Listening.

Ria Righteous

Ria Righteous is an artist and healer. Their practice overall is a contextual life enquiry, which responds to generations of systemic violence & oppression and is concerned with the decolonisation, healing, reclamation and transformation of psyche & soma. Extensive auto-ethnographic research, tacit knowledge and esoteric practices heavily inform their work. Healing and integration is both their praxis & political action.

Fili 周 Gibbons

Fili 周 Gibbons (we/them/us) are a musician and recording engineer working across a range of community and professional contexts to support plural voices, expressions, and sonic experiences. As well as leading community workshops they frequently work with other sound and video artists, drawing on listening, memory and intuition as guiding forces in collaborative making practices. Their work interfaces with plural cultural histories and experiences, intangible arts traditions, and community-oriented sound practice.


Rūmī. n.d. "what you want also wants you". Translated by Sharghzadeh (شرق‌زده) . Accessed 10 February 2021. https://www.persianpoetics.com/poets/rumi-jalal-ad-din

First Nations school run according to Kanien'kehá:ka values: Step By Step Child and Family Center. n.d. Accessed 10 February 2021. https://www.stepxstep.ca/




How to Cite

Shah, Rajni, Ria Righteous, and 周 Gibbons Fili. 2021. “Episode Two: Ria Righteous”. Performance Philosophy 6 (1):27 February 2021. https://doi.org/10.21476/PP.2021.61338.