V - THE ULTIMATE VARIETY SHOW
By Marla Santos
V – The Ultimate Variety Show will make you feel amazement, admiration, disbelief, fascination and laughter that will make you cry. Producer David Saxe has created a cast of over 14 unique acts from around the world, always headlining a different rotation of talent each night. This keeps the fans coming back to experience the “Variety” of talent—making it a different show every time you go.
Performing on the night we saw the show was four-time World Champion Rhythmic Gymnast, Tamara Yerofeeva, from the Ukraine. Tamara earned first place in the International Gymnastics Championships in Madrid, and moved on to place Top 6 in the 2000 Summer Olympics held in Sydney. For her act, she shows off much more than just her incredibly limber body, when she takes on what appears to be hundreds of hula-hoops—spinning them from every possible inch of her body.
Iouri, a Russian, and Gabor, a Hungarian, team up as an amazing human strength and acrobatic balancing act (pictured above). Admiration and astonishment is what you feel when you watch these two incredible athletes work together, appearing to almost defy gravity. Iouri was in the famous Russian Olympic Reserve School of Acrobatics, and became part of Ringling Brothers western tour that landed him in Las Vegas. Gabor was in the Hungarian International Circus Festival when he received the Ringling Price award and a 2-year contract to the U.S.A. Their strength and agility are awesome to witness.
Then there were gasps of amazement and disbelief, as we witnessed “Turf”, an extreme contortionist, who manipulated his body into positions that seemed humanly impossible. Alonzo “Turf” Jones made the decision to perfect his skills after high school, much to his mother’s disapproval. After living homeless on the streets of San Francisco for a while, he appeared on America’s Got Talent and went on to become one of the most beloved performers on the AGT show. After his story went viral, he now does his unfathomable body routines for V – The Ultimate Variety Show.
The act that shook the house with laughter were The Quiddlers (three men reduced in size by their outrageously funny costumes that made them appear to be “little people” standing only 3’ tall) (pictured top/right). Using their arms and hands as their legs and feet, their big heads appeared almost like “bobble-heads” but with chubby little bodies. Dressed as The Village People, The Quiddlers received roar after roar of laughter as they danced, posed, and jumped on and over one another in hilarious maneuvers that made you laugh until your eyes teared up. Once Oakland University students, these comedians started out performing in Waterford, Michigan. The word Quiddler is defined as a “person or persons who have no real job, or means of a living.” If laughter is the measure of success, they have won the gold.
The most incredible act was the husband and wife team, the Skating Aratas, (pictured right) who perform an acrobatic routine on roller skates. Their performance includes an intense, high velocity non-stop spin with Victor Arata holding Jenny in a vice grip, so she won’t fall. It’s an intimate and sexy act between the two, and “trust” is an obvious key word between them. Jenny started circus school when she was 15, and Victor was sixth generation in a family of circus performers. They have been featured on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and the Kris Jenner Show.
V – The Ultimate Variety Show performs at 7:00 and 8:30pm nightly inside The Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. VtheShow.com