A shirabyōshi was always a woman who dressed in men's attire, performing dances for the
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Mats Ek is a leading Swedish dance and ballet choreographer, dancer and stage director.Ek was born in Malmö. He is the son of the Royal Dramatic Theatre actor Anders Ek and famous choreographer Birgit Cullberg.
Mats Ek was the manager of the Cullberg Ballet in 1985-93.