Rita Finds Home

Performance Details

  • When July 9–10
  • Where Navy Pier Lake Stage at Polk Bros Park
  • Choreography Amy Hall Garner
  • Story Karla Estela Rivera
  • Illustrations Elisa Chavarri

The Joffrey’s new family-friendly ballet for young audiences in collaboration 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.

Performances are free and open to the public

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.