Visionary Dance Theater has some new digs, and the company is showing them off at the opening of its fourth season with 72nd Street Blues. The performance consists of two dance pieces, “Into Mergence” by visiting Tampa-based choreographer Jeanne Travers, “My Baby, My Money, My Blues” and “Kaffir,” a new solo work choreographed by Lavina Rich for Visionary’s artistic director Spencer John Powell. “Into Mergence” is a highly kinetic trio that delves into human interactions through dynamic physical movements. In “My Baby, My Money, My Blues,” music from the likes of T-Bone Walker, Sharon Jones and Buddy Guy set the mood for a piece that mixes ballet, jazz and modern dance. “Kaffir,” created in 1988 by Powell, is a direct challenge to Apartheid. See these awesome works come alive at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, through Saturday, Sept. 14, at Visionary Performance Space (7202A El Cajon Blvd. in La Mesa). Tickets are $15 at the door.
The concept of a traditional chamber music performance has changed dramatically since the days before sampling and electronic loops. You can still see a traditional chamber group, of course, but why not see what contemporary musicians are capable of when using technology to their advantage? The first event in the Fresh Sound series, organized by local experimental-music fixture Bonnie Wright, features Eric Byers, a cellist who'll be performing music for solo cello and electronics. His technique entails creating a virtual ensemble by playing each part of his compositions, then sampling them and weaving them together to create a bigger, fuller sound. Byer performs at 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 13, at Bread & Salt in Barrio Logan (1955 Julian Ave.). Tickets are $15, $10 for students.