Hello again Switzerland!

Same place, only 5 years later: Johan has been invited back to one of Switzerland’s biggest christmas shows SALTO NATALE to perform his original act BOUNCE for another season. In total 58 performances and close to 58 000 spectators during a period of just above a month.

Last time there was an amazing atmosphere all the way through, with great audiences and standing ovations almost every night. It looks like this year will be just as good.

The show runs until New year’s eve, premiering on November 15th.

Photos:
René Tanner
Zuo Kun

Thank you Sweden! (And Denmark!)

The touring with UNPLUGGED is over for now. So many fantastic gigs in so many different places – with everything between big theatres and small barns. At the least 2 persons in the audience and at the most 1 300 persons. It might sound like a lie but it has been just as fun every single time – all the places in their own special way!

A big thank you to all the audiences, technicians, organizers and others involved for your help to make these wonderful performances happen. Without you it would all have been pretty meaningless!

It looks like UNPLUGGED will tour again next year, there are already a bunch of new dates confirmed and more is on the way, both to Spring and Autumn 2019. Get in touch if you want to be part of it. The adventure continues!

Here are a few reviews and comments from the audience:

“Thank you for a wonderful performance. I almost felt like I was being brought back to the breathtaking theatre experiences of the childhood. Many times I wasn’t breathing at all, sometimes I was laughing out loud and sometimes I wanted to help you by screaming watch out! Overwhelmed to say the least.”
– Christina Friström, arrangör Örkelljunga

“Saw Johan in Sundsvall this weekend! So goddamn funny stage charachter! Haven’t laughed this much for 4-5 years!”
– Bobbo Jäderfeldt

“You made such a success at Haparandas square and we are sooo proud to have had you all the way up North to us!”
– Kristin Tossavainen

“What a show you gave us inUmeå. Charming, with a striking message and an awesome ball control. I think that art and especially art through theatre/meeting/dialouge/show is really something. Not everyone have your capability to present it in such a relaxed, effortless way that is still affecting. You really succeed in this. To contribute to laughter, contemplation and awaken curiosity and emotions of others is an art in itself. A mixture of humor, seriousness and skill – charmingly packaged! You really sucked in catching the audience on all levels. A really successful performance.
– Ulrika Rigel

“Hello Johan! I just saw your show in Sundsvall. An amazingly great show! I wanted to say hi after but didn’t dare to. I am a juggler and have been juggling since 10 years. When I started 2008 you were (and still are) one of my biggest inspirations. The juggling has shaped my life in a really positive way and I have had the chance to meet so many great people and visit unexpected places. I just want to say thank you for being inspiring and for doing what you do. I hope I will dare to say hi next time.”
– Filip borglund

“Then like now, with a fantastic ability to adapt to both situation and circumstance. To keep an audience hypnotized for 60 minutes with the only means of some clubs, little balls and confetti requires its man. A simple concept allows the artist to lean back and trust his own ability and in Wellton’s case it is remarkable – some of his juggling acts seem to dissolve the laws of physics. Between raving roars many in the audience is laughing themselves short of breath. Here is an experience that gives more than 10 sessions of therapy.”
– Lasse Stenman, Haparandabladet

Still here? Read more: The stuff in between

Photographers:
Alberte Radoor
Henrik Klingberg
Stefan Haapaniemi
Karsten Piper
Johan Wellton

 

The stuff in between

What I love the most is the stuff in between. The things that happen almost by themselves. While moving from A to B. Where all of a sudden, if you keep the door open for it, there is something unexpected to find. If we are not too busy with our own preoccupation of what is going on, a lot of other things are also going on.

I re-listened to an interview with Rob Torres this Summer, and one of the ideas he talked about is still lingering with me. It has almost become a mantra or a specific focus: Remember to not be afraid of the silence. Embrace it. To stay open and welcome whatever is just there by itself and has its own life. All you need to do is to be aware, to listen, and to give it space. Scary in a way, but also very exciting!

Leonard Cohen wrote a song about it:
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in

Sums it up pretty well, yes?!

This photo is a happy memory for me, that made me think about these things – it’s from a really wonderful evening in Helsingör during this year’s tour. One of those shows where everything is just nice; and plenty of room for play. Where the performance becomes so much more than what you could ever plan or prepare in advance. I guess a photo is not much, but it makes me smile because I can see the crack.

Photo: Karsten Piper

The tour is growing!

This year’s touring with UNPLUGGED (and also with GLITCH and BOUNCE) keeps growing every day.A real fun mix of everything between barns and concert halls. Come see! (Dates in Sweden and Denmark only so far).

5 april: Mönsterås
21 april: Ingelsträde
28 april: Uppsala
30 april: Umeå
26 maj: Växjö
2 juni: Hofors
5 juli: Hofors
6 juli: Tomnäs (Borlänge)
8 juli: Grästorp
19 juli: Karlshamn
20 juli: Haparanda
27 juli: Walldorf, Tyskland (BOUNCE)
2 augusti: Helsingör
3 augusti: Halmstad
4 augusti: Halmstad
6 augusti: Lund
8 augusti: Malmö
9 augusti: Fårhult (Västervik)
11 augusti: Dala-Floda
18 augusti: Gävle
28 augusti: Groningen, Holland (GLITCH)
29 augusti: Groningen, Holland (GLITCH)
30 augusti: Groningen, Holland (GLITCH)
31 augusti: Groningen, Holland (GLITCH)
1 september: Aarhus, Danmark (BOUNCE)
2 september: Aarhus, Danmark (BOUNCE)
3 september: Aarhus, Danmark (BOUNCE)
4 september: Aarhus, Danmark (BOUNCE)
5 september: Aarhus, Danmark (BOUNCE)
6 september: Aarhus, Danmark (BOUNCE)
7 september: Aarhus, Danmark (BOUNCE)
8 september: Aarhus, Danmark (BOUNCE)
11 september: Kalmar
12 september: Oskarshamn
6 oktober: Karlshamn, Lokstallarna
18 oktober: Umeå
20 oktober: Sundsvall
23 oktober: Kristianstad
27 oktober: Örkelljunga
28 oktober: Tingsryd
29 oktober: Tingsryd
31 oktober: Nordmaling
14 november – 31 december: Zürich, Schweiz (BOUNCE)

More info and shows will be added – Stay tuned!

Contact us at info@johanwellton.com to book a show, for more info etc.

GLITCH is going to the Netherlands

This little big beast is finally about to be let out of its cage again. End of August we will be going of tour to the Netherlands to play four performances of GLITCH at the Noorderzon performing arts festival in Groningen.

“It is totally sensational, mind blowing, and somehow, also really disturbing.”
“Johan Wellton takes all the yellow balls, axes and light bulbs to completely new levels.”
“If you wish to see something you have never seen before, this is your chance. I have never seen anything like it” 
– Expressen

“Spellbinding chaos in Wellton’s wild show”
– Hallandsposten

”Touching ball trickery”
”It is very strong and beautiful”
– Gefle Dagblad

Read more here: https://www.noorderzon.nl/programma/programma-items/johan-wellton