Eileen Kramer

Date of birth: 8 November 1914
Age as of 27 August 2019: 104 years, 292 days

Eileen Kramer is an Australian dancer, artist, performer, and choreographer. Kramer began by studying singing and music in Sydney in the 1930s, but after attending a performance of the Bodenwieser Ballet in 1940, immediately decided on a career change to dance. After joining the troupe that had made such an impression on her, she toured around Australia and overseas for the next decade. She then lived and worked in France and the US for the next 60 years, before returning to Australia where she remains active in the arts as of June 2019. In 1940, her mother took her to a charity concert which included The Blue Danube, performed by Gertrud Bodenwieser's dance company. The next day, Kramer sought out Bodenwieser, and after successfully auditioning and completing three years of training, she joined Bodenwieser’s main troupe and began her career in professional dance. Kramer toured internationally with the Bodenwieser Ballet for the next 10 years. In 2014, to mark turning 100, she crowdfunded, choreographed, and performed a dance piece called "The Early Ones". In 2017, she created a dance-drama A Buddha's Wife, inspired by her travels in India, part of a wider work celebrating her life, and supported by the Arts Health Institute.
Country: Australia