Rita Finds Home

Performance Details

  • Choreography Amy Hall Garner
  • Story Karla Estela Rivera
  • Illustrations Elisa Chavarri

The Joffrey’s new ballet for young audiences—a co-production with Miami City Ballet—follows Rita, a young artist, who paints and dreams of one day living in the big city despite the lush tropical island she lives in. When a hurricane thrusts Rita and her mother into a new life in an urban metropolis, she struggles to adapt to her new environment. Feeling lost, Rita embarks on a journey that helps her redefine what home means. With a little help from her new friends and her family, Rita's spirits lift as she explores the beauty of her new city, igniting a new sense of home, and the realization that her talents never left her.

Chicago performances are free and open to the public

Join Us for the World Premiere July 9–10 at Navy Pier

Free performances take place twice daily at 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday at Polk Bros Park.

How to Find Polk Bros Park Lake Stage 

Located on the north end of the Navy Pier gateway. 

More Dates, Times, and Locations

Harrison Park

Date & Time: July 14, 2022, 6:30 PM

Hale Park

Date & Time: July 15, 2022, 6:30 PM

Eugene Field Park

Date & Time: July 16, 2022, 3:00 PM

Music by the Lake

Location: Williams Bay, Wisconsin
Date & Time: July 17, 2022, 4:00 PM
Visit Music by the Lake for details


Meet the Artists

Choreographer Amy Hall Garner

Amy Hall Garner is an internationally known choreographer based in New York City creating works in the ballet, modern, and theatrical genres. A native of Huntsville, Alabama, and a graduate of The Juilliard School, her work has been commissioned by numerous schools and companies including the Joffrey, Ailey II, Collage Dance Collective, The Juilliard School, The Ailey School, Barnard College, The University of the Arts, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.

Author Karla Estela Rivera

Karla Estela Rivera (She/Her/Hers) is a writer, performer, activist, and arts advocate who has leveraged her gift of storytelling to uplift and create opportunities for, with, and in underserved communities. She is the Executive Director of Free Street Theater and a company member of 2nd Story in Chicago.

Illustrator, Scenic & Costume Designer Elisa Chavarri

Elisa Chavarri is an award winning illustrator who strives to create work that promotes inclusivity and adds happiness, humor, and beauty to this world.



Presenting Sponsors

  • Pritzker Foundation
  • Denise Littlefield Sobel

Major Sponsors

  • Lorna Ferguson and Terry Clark


  • Greg Cameron and Greg Thompson
  • Chicago Park District
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • Dr. Rebecca L. Sherrick
  • Lloyd A. Fry Foundation with Amina Dickerson