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Mats Ek was born in 1945 in Malmö, Sweden and is the son of the famous choreographer Birgit Cullberg and the actor Anders Ek. Trained in dance at a young age, he first set his sights on the world of theatre. Mats Ek was 21 years old when he created his first stage work, Kagekiyo, a Noh play which was performed at the Marionetteatern, Stockholm’s puppet theatre. In 1973, he joined the Cullberg Ballet as a dancer and was introduced to choreography by Maurice Béjart and Jiří Kylián. His first choreographed work The Officer’s Servant (1976), created for the Cullberg Ballet was a blend of theatre and dance. After that, his attention was primarily focused on dance. In 1982, he reinterpreted the ballet Giselle, offering audiences a radically new work. From 1985 to 1993, Mats Ek took over as artistic director of the Cullberg Ballet and served up other reinterpretations of the classics: Swan Lake (1987), Carmen (1992), and Sleeping Beauty (1996). He also created his own pieces, characterized by parallel narratives and humour. His works are performed the world over, including the Paris Opera: Giselle (1993), Appartement (world premiere, 2000), A Sort of... (2008), and The House of Bernada Alba (2008). In 2019, Mats Ek is returning to the Paris Opera with Carmen and two highly anticipated creations: Bolero set to Maurice Ravel’s legendary score and Another Place to the music of Franz Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor.
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