KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — Twisting bodies, people flying through the air and balancing that couldn’t possibly be real.

Those were some of the main attractions at Michael McPherson’s Luminaire, which began a short run of performances on Kadena Air Base on Thursday.

The Kadena performances will be the show’s international debut, according to the Poet Productions Web site (

Luminaire is a “journey into the world of dreams with a cast of fantastic aerialists, innovative balancers, manipulators and surreal characters,” according to Poet Productions.

Dancers in elaborate costumes entertained the crowd during the opening and between acts. The first entertainer was a contortionist who finished her set by cramming into a small see-through box.

Next up — way up — was an aerialist who flew high above the stage simply by gripping two long pieces of cloth. Later, a second aerialist used a large hoop to perform her stunts.

A juggler performed in the dark using glowing rings, a performer spun a large triangle and box made of thin poles around his body and in the air and a duo performed a balancing act designed to suggest they defied gravity.

A performer in a giant metal-tube circle was a hit with many in the audience. He rolled across the stage while performing stunts and even dropped the circle and spun it, much like a coin on a table, all while inside, holding on by only his hands and feet.

“The guy in the circle twirling around was my favorite,” said Air Force Staff Sgt. Kody Pruitt from the 733rd Air Mobility Squadron. “I thought it was awesome — it was a good show ... well worth the time to come out.”

Pruitt’s son Kade, 4, said he liked the performer who did tricks on a bicycle, such as riding backwards and standing on the seat and handlebars.

“I hope he won’t try that at home,” his father said.

Michael Sink, 9, also liked the “man in the circle” but his sisters, Marie, 5, and Anna, 7, both said their favorites were the dancers and clown-magician.

Luminaire, which is free, will offer two performances per day through Monday, under the big tent at the Schilling Community Center. Saturday and Sunday shows run from 2-3:20 p.m. and 7:40-9 p.m. Monday’s shows will run from 5-6:20 p.m. and 8:30-10 p.m.

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