For many years, Jesper Grønkjær was a regular entertainer in numerous
hotels in Southern Europe. The trips took him to Malta, Mallorca, Turkey, Spain
and Italy among others.
AND NOW TO THE FAIRYTALE...
Jesper Grønkjær under the southern sun
After the journey to Greenland I got a request to perform
in Spain. A Danish company offered my a trip to the Spanish coast, where they
thought a bit of magic would do well. The worn-out magic suitcase was packed
and the show in Malaga became reality. Since I was in the country I contacted
some other danish firms, who have guide schools in the area and in this way I
filled the calender.
This was the beginning of several good friendships both
personally and professionally. In this way I went back to Spain several years
in a row performing for many Scandinavian travel agencies. My concept was to
lie at the beach during the day, give shows in the evenings and party all night
When I started traveling with my performance, I was forced
to visualize it more than I had been used to. This is mainly because I stopped
learning English and German in the fifth grade. When I had learned to perform
in a manner that it wasn't necessary to understand what I was saying, I found
it a good occasion to give the locals a show as well. So I went to the smaller
villages in the mountains. This caused a lot of hubbub in Monda, where the
local librarian was sawed in two. The library was full of people. First they
let the children in, next the elderly and at last the adults and the shy
adolescents. Every one yelled, when the librarian put his head in the pillory I
had brought, and I cut his head off with a jigsaw. They were not used to see
something like this in their area. Luckily the head was put back on and people
could breathe a sigh of relief. More than ten years after this event I still
meet people from the small village, who saw the show and still remember how the
uncomfortable librarian became my involuntary assistant for a moment!
In my travels to the south of Europe I have performed in hotels, nightclubs,
bars and squares. The show at the guide school was the beginning of a
cooperation with the director Palle Højsholt. He is now the boss of
Scandinavians largest guide school service & Co, and I am now connected to
this school as a teacher and instructor. In this way I have often performed
with my magic suitcase in front of the students in Malta and in Spain.