Picture: Toni Wilkinson

Two Spanish performers are using the Festival's smallest venue to stage the shortest show in the program.

Remor is 11 minutes of "microtheatre" for up to 18 people squeezed into a 4m x 3m box, modelled on a Spanish prison cell. The audience even have to provide their own lighting.

Joan Miquel Artigues and Marta Barcelo perform their dance-theatre show Remor (Freedom) up to eight times a night inside the box set up inside the Festival Gardens.

"We were enclosed in a real prison cell for a month and we created the show because of our extreme response to the physical limits, the soul fights, mutual necessity and desire for freedom," Barcelo said.

Most of the dancing takes place on and around a thin metal bunk bed, which comes from the original jail in Mallorca.

The pair hang upside down, climb and fall from one bunk to the other within a whisker of the audience.

Barcelo said they created intense visual images of a strong relationship between two people.

"It really takes the audience on an emotional journey because they are so close to us," she said.

"There is no limit between the stage and the audience. We are all inside the cell.

"The atmosphere becomes very intimate and the audience can participate in the show."

Remor is performed before and after the main music act at the Festival Gardens.

Tickets are $5 at the door.

Stephen Bevis

The West Australian

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