At 106, Eileen Kramer seems more productive than ever.
She writes a story a day from her Sydney aged-care facility, publishes books and has entered Australia's most prestigious painting competition. ทางเข้าjoker After decades living abroad, Ms Kramer returned to her home city of Sydney aged 99. Since then, she's collaborated with artists to create several videos that showcase her primary talent and lifelong passion: dancing.Ms Kramer still dances - graceful, dramatic movements mostly using the top half of her body. In more recent years, she has also choreographed.
"Since returning to Sydney I've been so busy - I've performed three big dance pieces at NIDA [the National Institute for Dramatic Art] and independent theatres.
"I've participated in two big dance festivals in Adelaide and Brisbane, I've been in a film, given many smaller performances, written three books, and today I'm having a free day talking to you!" she says from her home.Something she often gets asked is where all her energy comes from - and whether there's a secret to dancing into old age.
Her response is that she banishes the words "old" and "age" from her vocabulary. She admonishes me for using them later in our chat.
"I say: I'm not old, I've just been here a long time and learnt a few things along the way.
"I don't feel how people say you should feel when you're old. My attitude to creating things is identical to when I was a child."
Inspired by home
In recent years Ms Kramer has crowdfunded, choreographed and performed several dance works that draw from her life.
She was halfway through creating a new dance video when a lockdown in Sydney temporarily frustrated her plans. But not for long.
"I couldn't go out to the location of the video, so I wrote a book instead," she says, laughing. "It's a story about how we made the film."
The film's location is special to Ms Kramer. It takes place inside a giant Moreton Bay fig tree in the Sydney suburb of Glebe.
The smell of gum trees, the sight of the huge Moreton Bay figs and the sound of laughing kookaburras perched on them are the things that enticed Ms Kramer back to Sydney.
"The tree inspired my choreography," she says.
"Have you ever seen one up close? You feel as though you're in a haunted fairy tale palace. It took me back to my childhood."