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IMAGINE dislocating your legs, arms and neck all at once in order to fit inside a small box.
Street performer Rani Huszar brought this act to Dean Street on Saturday as part of the annual Applause Festival.
But the flexibility of Ms Huszar’s slender frame was not the most surprising thing about her performance.
The contortionist said she was usually claustrophobic.
“In cars and planes and things like that I’m surprisingly actually very claustrophobic,” she said.
“I’m OK going into the box though because I’m in control of the situation.”
Buskers and street performers from across Australia joined local talent to present several hours of entertainment along a closed stretch of Dean Street between Kiewa and Olive streets.
Ms Huszar said she was amazed by the size of the audiences for the festival.
“I wonder on a normal day how many of these people would stand in the street together,” she said.
“The fact all these people are connected and just having a laugh and are in good spirits is great.
“This is why I take the time to perform in this area.”
Ms Huszar said she was often asked to list those places where she had performed her act.
“I always say I have performed in London, Paris and Albury. I list it with the some of the best places in the world,” she said.
It was Cathy Chapman’s first year co-ordinating the Applause Festival and she couldn’t believe her small team had pulled it off so well.
“The crowd is just huge and everyone wants to be involved,” she said.
There were more than 36 buskers.
Ms Chapman said the festival was successful because it brought together the audience and the performers.
“It’s not just about the performances but also about uniting the community,” she said.
“It’s great to see the people of Albury supporting their city and their local talent.”