“Fascinating, Absorbing, Thought-provoking”

Reactions from our performance at the Double Bill: Bite Dance / PICKETT IMPROV

On 27 Jan, PICKETT IMPROV performed Score10 at The Old Market Theatre. Here are a few images and some feedback that we received from the performance. Photos by Sophie Newton.

“Score10 sets in motion a circular frequency that passes from Paxon’s percussion through the dancers and back, throwing up images and phrases that thrive on the very absence of narrative association to allow, when all goes well, for something organic to emerge between sound and movement.” – Nicholas Minns, Writing about Dance, Jan 18


“It’s a fascinating process to watch a five-way conversation made up of physical and spatial interventions and observations, nobody quite knows what the other is about to say nor how she is going to react” – Nicholas Minns, Writing about Dance, Jan 18


“Slick, Inspiring and Abstract” – Audience Member, Jan 18


“As an audience we enter this circulation of actions not so much by trying to figure out how much of the piece is improvised and how much is rehearsed, but rather by sharing the interactive flow of movement and sound.” – Nicholas Minns, Writing about Dance, Jan 18


“I loved watching the musician to see what he was going to do next…it was incredible to see how he was making all those sounds” – Audience Member, Jan 18


About Score10

What to expect:

Score10 unites percussive and electric sound with contemporary dance in a collaborative live improvisational performance. In this exciting work, four professional dancers and their live musician challenge and support each other to react and interact to create an immediate composition with sound and movement.

The performers have a score of 10 rules and guidelines which they follow to compose, track the performance and relate to each other. These rules were devised through movement explorations, on going research into improvised performance and rehearsals.


In 2015, Hannah studied with improvisers Katie Duck, Nancy Stark Smith and Julyan Hamilton. These artists inspired her to research and direct live movement and music performance research by working with a group of dancers and a musician. A lot of the starting points for Score10 were inspired by Hannah’s work with these artists.

PICKETT IMPROV have been developing their ideas since 2016. They have previously shared their work at the Brighton Dance Network’s Scratch Night. BNHC and The Studio. The Old Market performance is the culmination of this ideas.

Artist, Julia Cunningham, has illustrated Score10’s movement scores into charcoal. The dancers use these concepts as starting points for their performance.



Score10’s premier is on Saturday 27th at The Old Market.


We are delighted to share the Score10 trailer!
Filmed by: Alice Underwood Films​
Directed by: Hannah Pickett​

Score10 is an exciting live improvisational dance performance performed by Pickett Improv​. PICKETT IMPROV are performing at The Old Market​ on Saturday 27th January with Bite Dance​ in a Double Bill: Bite Dance/PICKETT IMPROV.

Performers: Iain Paxon​, Belinda Papavasiliou​, Rosa Firbank​, Jessica Miller​ and Hayley Ovens​.

Click here to watch!

Thank you to everyone who backed us over the last few weeks to fund this film.



An interview with Hannah Pickett, Director at Pickett Improv, & Alice White, Co-owner at Bite Dance.

How did this collaboration come together?

Hannah: I first encountered Bite Dance when I was Producer and Artistic Director for the Brighton Dance Network Dance Trail 2016, as part of Brighton Fringe. Bite Dance presented their piece Still Laughing as part of the trail and I instantly fell in love with their work, admiring them both as artists and individuals.

I later began developing my individual artistic, improvisation-based practice with a group of dancers and a musician. My practice focused on exploring the direct relationship between music and dance. During this experimentation, I analysed the shifts and decisions that occurred within live performance. This continued practice resulted in the start of the Score10 project and was shared in informal and pop up events in Brighton. As Score10 evolved, the next step for the work was to present it in a theatre space.

When finding a double bill partner, Bite Dance was the obvious choice. Their funny dance theatre work contrasts our experimental, improvised performance. I really enjoyed working with them in 2016 and am pleased to share this evening with them at this early stage in our careers.

Why should people watch the show?

 Alice: People should come and watch the show to be able to experience the broad spectrum of dance as an art form. In terms of our piece, Crying with Laughter is something that everyone can enjoy – it’s fun and a welcome break from all the terrible things happening in our world today.

What can audiences expect?

 Hannah: Two professional dance works contrasting in nature. They can expect humour, experimentation, entertainment and innovation -a diverse evening of contemporary dance.

One word that would summarise each piece?

Alice: Absurdity and invention.

Hannah: Laughter and exploration.

What do you hope to achieve with the work presented?

Alice: I hope Crying with Laughter allows people to enjoy dance from a light-hearted perspective and that audiences can be absorbed by something they’ve not seen before. Crying with Laughter is something very distinctive and clearly portrays our aesthetic as a duet. We reference some of the great comedians, such as Charlie Chaplin and Laurel & Hardy, and it’s been interesting to appreciate these comedians as choreographers. I hope we can successfully pay homage to this style of physical comedy. Dance can maintain artistic integrity, it can provoke thought and be well researched, but it can still entertain us.

Hannah: I hope Score10 serves as a pilot performance that enables audience members to gain insight into Pickett Improv as a practice. I hope this exposure assists in the launch of our future community workshops and provides further performance opportunities.

WHERE: The Old Market Theatre, 11A Upper Market St, Brighton, BN3 1AS, UK.

 WHEN: Saturday 27th January 2018

 Tickets available on The Old Market Theatre website.

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Score10 so far…

Score10 is a improvisation performance performed by a collection of dancers and a musician directed by Hannah Pickett. Over the last year, the group have researched into creating improvisation performance and shared the work informally and in feedback settings.

In September 2016, Hannah formed and led a group of performers through a research process to compose Score10. As part of the process, Score10 was shared at the Brighton Dance Network Scratch Event in November 2016. The group performed a 10 minute improv piece and received feedback on the work. BDN church-2_LR

Following this, Score10 premiered in January 2017 at the Brighton Natural Health Centre. This performance was an informal 30 minute improvisation sharing to friends, family and improvisation enthusiasts.

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After the performance, there was a sense that the project was not over therefore we created a music and dance workshop for outside participants to practise our process.

“A lovely, supportive atmosphere and a chance to move with others.”

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“A very interesting exploration between sound and movement… Thank you Iain and Hannah”

In July PICKETT IMPROV was launched and the group performed at The Studio in Hanover, Brighton. This evening was a launch event to announce our Pilot Performance at The Old Market in January 2018.


PICKETT IMPROV are now back in the studio researching and composing. This blog will document the process leading up to our pilot performance.

Follow and share our journey.