Meet Eileen Kramer – Australia’s own 102-year-old modern dance artist

SYDNEY, 16th October 2017: Meet Eileen Kramer – Australia’s own 102-year-old modern dance artist, who is planning to celebrate her 103rd birthday with a professionally-produced dance work in Sydney in late November.


Eileen is the official Ambassador for the Arts Health Institute (AHI), a national social enterprise and charity that supports Australian elders and their families in achieving a life that is meaningful, socially connected, creative and dignified.


Eileen was a member of the Bodenwieser Ballet, the first modern dance company in Australia. She is very possibly the longest living choreographer in Australia who is still creating. Her upcoming performance is called The Buddha’s Wife, and is being planned with local Dance Specialist and filmmaker Sue Healey, and a cast of local and international dancers.


However – whether Eileen’s production of The Buddha’s Wife goes ahead or not is currently dependent on urgently-required financial support.


AHI CEO Dr Maggie Haertsch has recently set up a  crowd-funding page and is putting the call out for donations:


“At nearly 103, Eileen embodies our motto of ‘the art and science of living well’,” said Dr Haertsch. “We’re encouraging all Australians who care about quality of life for our older generation to visit our crowdfunding page, make a donation, and help Eileen’s dream become a reality.”


Eileen Kramer has received many accolades during her life, and says her best years have been since she turned 100. Andrew Greensmith’s portrait of Eileen was a finalist in this year’s prestigious Archibald Prize, and she is also performing at the upcoming Woodford Folk Festival.


“Eileen continues to dance as it is her life. We are very lucky to have this opportunity to see Eileen who I consider to be a national living treasure – she is an extraordinary creative spirit, and lives her life with purpose and meaning,” said Dr Haertsch.


Since 2011, AHI has been creating and implementing ground-breaking programs and experiences that are helping thousands of Australians to live well as their years advance. There are some good stories to tell from the aged care sector: the work of the Arts Health Institute, and the impact AHI programs make in the lives of Australian elders and their families, is one of them.


“The arts define our human condition. They tell the story of our lives, make us laugh and cry, give us deep personal meaning and connection with each other. Add the arts to a supportive environment, and the results can be world changing for individuals, families, professionals and even workplaces,” said Dr Haertsch.


AHI offer programs like Music & Memory (featured on ABC’s Catalyst last year), Play Up (playful interactions with professional actors as valets); Sing Out Loud (a talented Maestro encourages participants to find their voice, sing together, and socialise); as well as dance, theatre, writing, and visual art workshops.


“Please give generously to support Eileen’s next dance work. We are offering a range of rewards to say thank you when you do. You could even spend some time behind the scenes with Eileen and the dancers at a rehearsal,” said CEO Maggie Haertsch.


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