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Recording: 2024-05-18 , ada Studio (Video © Bickmann & Kolde GbR)

Frances-Marlene Prasse

…but no Pressure!

A.PART Festival 2024 | ada Studio in den Uferstudios

Production Details / Press Releases

How many people fake smiles every day and waste their energy by hiding their true emotions? How has irony become such a common tool for coping with uncomfortable feelings? How long can we endure the inner pressure?
In this solo, Frances deals with the way stress and pressure affect her body and tries to keep up appearances. The initial material of this solo was created as part of her vocational dance education – now she has extended her research to “…but no Pressure” because she understood that it’s okay not to be okay. Frances sees dance and art as an important way of communication. For her, it’s not about performing something pretty but rather about making people feel something, even if they cannot put it into words. Inspired by the idea of catharsis and the interdisciplinary methods of dance theatre, she creates emotional and expressive choreographies in which she likes to use not only dance but also props, her voice and body percussion.

Frances-Marlene Prasse first set foot on stage as a child with the junior company of the „Leipziger Tanztheater“. She continued her dance training at the “Tanzzentrale Leipzig“, where she learned teaching methods and choreographic tools. Afterwards, she started to teach and became the dance director of the inclusive “Grüntöne-Ensemble“ in Salzburg.
In 2021, she moved to Berlin to study at the dance academy balance 1, which focuses on forming versatile dancers at a high technical level. There, she discovered her love for Graham technique, and deepened her knowledge of classical ballet, jazz and contemporary dance/floorwork. She will graduate in September 2024. In addition to dance, she loves to act and models for dance photography as she is excited by how a (moving) body in space can compose an image.


TFB Nr. 1888

Cast & Credits

Choreography & Dance: Frances-Marlene Prasse

A.PART Festival 2024
Curatorial team: Diethild Meier & Julek Kreutzer
Artistic direction & management ada Studio: Gabi Beier
Technical direction & lighting design: Robert Prideaux
Sound A.PART Festival: Constantin Carstens
Access advice A.PART Festival: Ann-Reb Thomas
PR/Social Media: Aïsha Mia Lethen Bird
Studio writer 2023/24: Maia Joseph
Funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe / Spartenoffene Förderung.

ada Studio in den Uferstudios

Uferstr. 23
13357 Berlin

Tickets: (030) 21 80 05 07

Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

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