Meet the Team

PICKETT IMPROV is formed of a collection of dancers and a musician.

The group started improvising together in 2016 and have performed pop up and informal events in Brighton.

Directed by: Hannah Pickett.

Performed by: Jessica Miller, Rosa Firbank, Iain Paxon, Hayley Ovens, Belinda Papavasileiou

Jessica Miller:

Jessica Miller is an independent dance artists and founder and member of Swallowsfeet. Jessica started working with improvisation whilst training at LABAN. It has stayed an important part of her practice and performance work including BeaT spACe bEAt by Sivan Rubinstein which has been performed at The LABAN Theatre, Transcend Festival and Embrace Arts. She has been a part of Score 10 (Pickett Improv) since October 2016.

Jessica says “what I love most about performing improvisation is the element of surprise and unpredictability that the audiences energy can create”

Rosa Firbank:

Rosa is an independent dance artist from Brighton and member of the Swallowsfeet Collective ( As an independent performer she has worked with Sivan Rubinstein (SAMBA AND TEARS) Charles Linehan, Lizzi Kew Ross, Tick Tock Bridget and visual artist Barbara Loftus. Improvisation is always key in her creative process and development as a performer; especially the physical and cognitive challenge of each spontaneous decision.

Iain Paxon

Iain Paxon has been exploring acoustic and electronic music making for over 20 years, ranging from experimental pop, musical stories to free improvisation. The interplay between sounds and images has been a focus in recent years, experimenting with music as an accompaniment to video, slide shows and live dance. For Score 10, Iain explores the textures of close mic’ed objects, their miniature worlds amplified.

Hayley Ovens

Hayley is a freelance dance artist, specialising in contemporary and community dance. She graduated with a first class honours degree in Dance Studies from the University of Roehampton and went on to complete an MA in Performance at University of Chichester. She has toured as a performer with Mapdance, CoDa and Ceyda Tanc Dance. Hayley has experience facilitating dance for all ages and abilities, leading creative projects in a range of community, health and educational settings. She is the co-founder of dance education company CTeD.

Belinda Papavasileiou

Belinda Papavasileiou is a Cypriot dance artist who lives in the UK since 2012 where she started her contemporary dance training at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. Currently she is researching and engaging in social and community dance practices, multidisciplinary and participatory work as part of her MA in Inclusive Arts Practice at the University of Brighton. Belinda’s practice unfolds through an environmental reciprocity and draws on her knowledge on dance techniques, improvisation, contact improvisation and somatic practices as well as her collaborations and exposure to diverse artistic processes.

Belinda is particularly keen on finding ways to engage and collaborate with various groups, sharing her love for movement either as a teacher, performer or artist.

Hannah Pickett

Hannah is a dance artist, improviser and teacher based in Brighton. She has taught and performed improvisation performance and contact improvisation nationally and internationally in different festivals and platforms including Brighton Dance Network’s performances, Barcelona International Dance Exchange (BIDE), Freakatoni Witchy Improvisational Weekend, Amsterdam and at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of music and dance. She has trained with improvisers such as Nancy Stark Smith, Ray Chung, Lalitaraja, Katie Duck, Kirstie Simson and Julyan Hamilton. Her choreographic work and improvisational performances have been performed in London, Brighton, Spain and Amsterdam.

In 2016, Hannah invited a group of Brighton based dancers to explore improvisation in conjunction with a live musician. The research encourages all performers to react to each other’s performance decisions to create instant actions and relationships. The work formed the start of the Score10 project and the launch of PICKETT IMPROV.


Past performers: Sara Johnson, George Miles and Eloise Fouquet

Support from: Brighton Natural Health Centre, Pet Lee, The Old Market, Brighton Dance Network


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