Dancer and choreographer Eileen Kramer says there is really only one reason people are talking about her upcoming show: that she has been alive "for such a long time."
Eileen is a neat 100-years-old, an age she describes as magical.
"Everything happens at 100, everything changes. I had five parties here in Australia when I turned 100," she said.
Eileen started dancing long before her centenary year, at the tender age of 22, "coming to it late," she says.
She first studied singing piano at the Conservatorium of Music but was soon introduced to the Vienna-borne Bodenwieser Modern Dance Company.
The dancer studied under the hand of Madame Gertrud Bodenwieser herself and toured with the Bodenwieser group for a decade.
"I'm not a highly acrobatic dancer. I'm a soft dancer," said Eileen, who starts each day with strengthening and classical barre exercises, a cappuccino and a croissant.
Eileen (left) as a dancer with the Bodenwieser Dance Company. Photo: Supplied
On March 13 and 14 she will perform in her latest work, The Early Ones, at the Independent Theatre in North Sydney.
In partnership with the Arts Health Institute a Pozible crowdfunding campaign has been started, with a goal of raising $26,000 to help pay for the costs of this project and future creartive pursuits.
"What she sees herself as is an artist through and through. She has always dedicated her life to art," said Dr Maggie Haertsch, Arts Health Institute CEO.
"It's the real celebration of Eileen and time is of the essence, as she has just come back from the Arts in Residence program at Bundanon Trust and she's ready to go."
Bundanon Trust is a 1100 hectare bush land property in Illaroo, dedicated to the arts and donated by painter Arthur Boyd.
It was at Bundanon trust where Eileen worked with a group of dancers over one week, along with composer Nicolas Lyon and director Julia Cotton, to choreograph her latest work.
"Dancing; it psychologically strengthens me" said Eileen.
"I like looking at myself in the mirror. I like people to tell me that what I did was beautiful."
Eileen only returned to live in Sydney a year ago, having lived in West Virginia for many years, and before that New York, India, Paris and London.
"I lived in India for quite a long time, I danced there...and it gave me a purpose. I wasn't just wandering about looking at things. I absorbed a lot in India."
She said she was amazed by the groundswell that has culminated from the crowdfunding campaign, including the hashtag #InspiringEileen.
"In West Virginia and I belonged to a dance company. Nobody got fearfully excited about what we did. But this has something to do with my being 100 and still able to dance."
With five days remaining on the campaign over $13,000 has already been raised, evidence of what Dr Haertsch described as a "momentum" towards opening night.
"I have to say she is an extraordinary ball of energy. She is completely blind in one eye and she is making all the costumes and creating the set," said Dr Haertsch.
"She has turned ageing stereotypes on their head."