Navigating the landscape of America and the collegiate and concert dance worlds – I lost my connection with my biological family and origins, but now I want to reach back. This show will be a kind of coming out, tracing my personal story and exposing how I have hidden my upbringing when faced with the white privilege of the contemporary dance world, and America as a whole. Trying to find a way to bridge the gap between how I was born and who I am today. And discovering the stories and histories I am a part of that I never learned in school
— Ahmad Jamal Simmons

AHMAD JAMAL will be developed between Chicago and New York, premiering in 2017 in Chicago.