Tom told a story of a theater overlooking the Berkeley Hills where he watched his dancer friends perform. I found this place, which meets the description pretty well. You can see why he remembered it.
Photo by Daniella Thompson : the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association
The Temple of Wings, 2800 Buena Vista Way, Berkeley, CA
Dance theories of Isadora Duncan were taught in Berkeley for years here. Florence Treadwell Boynton grew up in Oakland and was a childhood friend and admirer of Isadora Duncan. Isadora (1878-1927) was born in San Francisco, but grew up in Oakland where she began giving dance classes as early as the age of 10. Initially inspired by the movement of the ocean, Isadora developed a theory of expressive dance which broke from the restrictive movements of classical ballet.
At the Temple of Wings generations of Berkeley children learned the theories of expressive, interpretive dance under the guidance of Mrs. Boynton or her daughter or son-in-law. Berkeley photographer, Margaretta K. Mitchell captured the dance recitals performed at Temple of Wings during the 1970s in a portfolio entitled “Dance for Life.”
Margaret Norton of the San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum referred to Temple of Wings as “one of the crucibles in which modern dance … was forged.”
Susan Cerny is author of “Berkeley Landmarks” and writes this in conjunction with the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association.
More photos of dancers by Margaretta Mitchell