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When a dancer flubs a hold, the result is usually a few scrapes, a bruised ego or two, and, at worst, a botched show. Members of Project Bandaloop, on the other hand, are under a bit more pressure to get things right: If they screw up a hold, there is the possibility that one of their peers may fall to her death. After all, lifts and glides performed by the nine members of this 7-year-old troupe often take place hundreds of feet from the ground. The dancers with the Oakland, Calif., company climb craggy cliffs, scale skyscrapers, and rappel from theater rafters in an exploration of themes such as nature, community, and environmental awareness. Their latest offering, “Crossing: Stories of Gravity and Transformation,” mixes dance and sport to create a show that is part modern dance and part mountain-man maneuvering. As the dancers, led by artistic director Amelia Rudolph, fly through the air with the greatest of ease, they defy both gravity and staid notions about the physical parameters of dance. The troupe hits the rock at 8 p.m. (see City List for other dates) at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater. $19-$36. (202) 467-4600. (Sarah Godfrey)