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In 2002, a group of graduates from Montreal’s National Circus School founded The 7 Fingers (Les 7 Doigts de la Main) with the lofty goal of bringing circus arts to “a human scale.” The troupe keeps its ears to the ground and performances close to the street with “Traces,” a bare-bones presentation that combines traditional circus arts with urban acrobatic forms—such as capoeira, modern dance, and parkour—that stress economy and expressiveness of movement. The most elaborate routines in “Traces” revolve around simple geometry, including a giant hoop that allows a single performer to stand and spin inside it and a set of mounted rings that the five members of the touring ensemble tumble, float, and fly through at measured intervals. Gymnastic feats at the center of the stage are no less awe-inspiring: The nimble performers climb a pair of parallel poles backward and swing gracefully from one to the other. At times, the troupe would benefit from a little narrative glue to bond the routines together, but “Traces” is nonetheless a triumph of whip-smart execution over infinite resources. The 7 Fingers perform at 2 & 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $25. (202) 467-4600; see City List for a complete schedule.