Arts In: Tom and Paula Kramer

June 15, 2017 by BARBARA ST. CLAIR | PERFORMING ARTS, PODCAST
Paula Kramer. Photo by Tom Kramer
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Paula Kramer is a dancer and choreographer who’s graceful, powerful and adventurously creative. Tom Kramer is a dance photographer known for strikingly beautiful images of dance.

The Kramers’ lifelong collaboration has made their life together a vibrant work of art. Now both in their 80s, Paula is still performing and choreographing and Tom is still creating vivid photographs of dancers and musicians. The Kramers are a vital part of St. Pete’s arts community, constantly collaborating with visual, literary and performing artists.

In this inspiring and often hilarious conversation, they tell stories together and tell stories about each other. We’ll find out about the groundbreaking work Paula did to integrate dance into elementary school education, and hear Tom’s thoughts on capturing the ephemeral beauty of motion.

You can see selections of Tom’s photographs on his web page tomkramerphoto.smugmug.com

Tom is currently working with dancer Helen Hansen French on Capturing Dance. Sponsored by the St. Pete Arts Alliance, the project seeks to capture the diverse dance community of St. Petersburg in photographs that will be displayed in venues through the city.

And Tom is documenting performances at The Palladium Theatre in downtown St. Pete. . . www.mypalladium.org

Paula will be performing on July 27 at the Morean Arts Center as part of Helen Hansen French’s performance at the interactive arts event, [Unified] #genderequality .

You can see Paula’s choreography onstage at The Studio@620 on August 22, as she collaborates with actors, director Elizabeth Brincklow and dancers Helen Hansen French, Crystal DelGiudice and Sean McDonald in a staged reading of playwright Sheila Cowley’s work, Trio.

Featured image: Photograph of Paula Kramer by Tom Kramer.

Arts In is produced by Matt and Sheila Cowley. Executive Producer, Barbara St. Clair for Creative Pinellas.

Dancer: Helen Hansen French Photo by: Tom Kramer

Dancer: Eric Wagner Photo by: Tom Kramer

Dancer: Charlotte Johnson Choreographer: Paula Kramer Photo by: Tom Kramer

“Agua Furiosa” Photo by: Tom Kramer

Dancer: Jeanne Travers
Photo by: Tom Kramer

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