Snapshot: Brown Aerial Society

Students from Brown and RISD create living sculpture with their bodies.

Far from the rigors of academic life, students from Brown and RISD create living sculpture with their bodies. Late Tuesday and Saturday nights, former dancers, gymnasts, cheerleaders and other limber souls convene to participate in the Aerial Arts Society. Members such as Aashna Mansharamani (pictured above), who is studying architecture at RISD, perform splits, twists and other balletic moves with fabrics known as silks, trapezes and hoops called lyras that dangle from above. The aerial acrobatics are such a calling that one member, who grew up performing on the lyra, took temporary leave from Brown to attend circus school. The society’s spring performance is scheduled for April 24 and 25 at 7 p.m. in Alumnae Hall.