A 100-year-old dancer and choreographer who is about to star in her next production says a creative life is the key to longevity.
Eileen Kramer is set to take the stage at Sydney’s Independent Theatre next month with her latest work, The Early Ones.
A latecomer to the world of dance at the age of 24, Kramer clearly recalls the moment she became hooked.
“It was the opening of the Blue Danube Waltz… They opened like this and looked up,” said Ms Kramer, describing the opening scene.
“So I fell for it straight away.”
She soon joined the Bodenweiser Dance Company, Australia’s first modern contemporary outfit and toured around the world including South Africa and India.
After a 20-year stint in the United States, Kramer decided to return home to Australia last year at the age of 99.
“I wanted to hear a kookaburra. I wanted to smell a gumtree,” she said. Eileen clearly shows the link between creativity and longevity.
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