August is low tide for the dance scene, but adventurous modern dance fans will likely find these shows worthwhile:

–?Three Drops of Blood? is a new multi-disciplinary series curated by the experimental music ensemble Nanos Operetta. This week?s installment includes performances by inkBoat, the stunning Balinese music group Gamelan Sekar Jaya, and the young but talented choreographer Leyya Tawil. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., at Dance Mission Theater (3316 24th Street at Mission). Tickets are $15 advance/$18 door; call (415) 273-4633.

–ODC Theater?s ?House Special? presents works-in-progress, but theater manager Rob Bailis has an eye for choreographers on the verge, and last year?s installment was followed by some wonderfully open Q and A. This Saturday?s show features work by Lisa Townsend, Rachael Lincoln, and Leslie Seiters. Click here for details.

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