They're leaving. All of them. I will be here alone. They want to be the first to see a new horizon.
What's in the earth? Nothing, really. Some roots, some dirt, some water. My mother. The soil is ruined, isn't it? The air is getting toxic, isn't it? There is no beauty. Unless of course, damage can be beautiful. The dead can be loved. The past can be with us in the present.
Our imprints on the earth are more than scars. They are stories. And maps. And lessons.
Yasmine Naghdi trained originally as a gymnast, starting Ballet at the age of seven. Joining The Royal Ballet School as a Junior Associate, she continued training with the school at White Lodge where she graduated into The Royal Ballet Company in 2010. Since then, Yasmine was promoted within The Royal Ballet ranks to First Artist in 2012, to Soloist in 2014 and has been recently promoted to First Soloist at the end of the 2016 RB Season.
During Yasmine's training, she took part in an exchange programme with the Vaganova Academy, St Petersburg, and won the Young British Dancer of the Year Competition, London in 2009.
A few of Yasmine's roles since joining the Company include: Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Olga in Onegin, 'The Girl' in MacMillan's The Invitation, Peaseblossom in The Dream, Amour in Don Quixote, the Rose Fairy in The Nutcracker, First Sylph in La Sylphide, Pas De Trois, Cygnet and Neapolitan Dance in Swan Lake, Fairy of the Woodland Glade and Florestan in The Sleeping Beauty, Young Shepherdess in The Winter's Tale, Finale Pas De Deux in Wayne McGregor's Infra, Pas De Trois in Raymond Act III, Pas de Six act 1 and Zulme Act 2 in Giselle and more.
Next Season Yasmine will be debuting roles as The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Wayne McGregors Woolf Works, David Dawson's The Human Seasons and Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty.
Alongside ballet, Yasmine is a keen musician and enjoys singing, playing the piano and composing.
Over the next year, each of the Wild Space dancers will bring their own version of Terra Incognita to their home cities. They will adapt the work for a unique space in their city and collaborate with local artists to bring the performance to life so that our ballet will be reinterpreted and recontextualized by four different cities.