In April 2015 Chloë began to grieve. Years have passed but she is still grieving, this is a grief that will be forever present. Disperse is a way to channel that sorrow. To comprehend what happens to us when we die.
Material is ground down to ash. A choir sings a lament for the living and for the dead. In a circle of pestles and mortars, the audience are invited to join Chloë in a ritual of death and disappearing.
Disperse is a work for public spaces, it invites passers-by to sit and think about their grief, perhaps to talk about it. It welcomes quiet reflection, tears or the angry smashing of wood.
Chloë Smith, Disperse, SPILL Festival of Performance 2016, produced by Pacitti Company. Photos by Guido Mencari