A.R.T. Season
May 12 - June 18, 2017
“This purgative piece of dance theater reinvents the tango and is at once sexy, soul-shattering, and, ultimately, cathartic.”
- The Boston Globe
“This is a lightning fast, intense, sensual 90 minutes.”
- Jared Bowen, WGBH

Book by John Weidman
Music by Gustavo Santaolalla / Bajofondo
Choreographed by Julio Zurita

Directed and co-choreographed by Sergio Trujillo

A new tango-infused dance theater piece, Arrabal follows one woman’s quest to understand the violence that took her father and disrupted a nation. Told through dance and propulsive music, the show features an ensemble and band, Orquesta Bajofonderos, direct from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Directed and co-choreographed by Tony Award nominee Sergio Trujillo (choreography, Invisible Thread, Memphis, Jersey Boys, On Your Feet!, Next To Normal) with music by Academy Award winner Gustavo Santaolalla (Brokeback Mountain, Babel, The Motorcycle Diaries) and book by Tony Award nominee John Weidman (Contact, Assassins) Arrabal invites audiences into the underground world of Buenos Aires’ tango clubs for a dance between the present and the past.


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Un nueva pieza de danza teatral contada por tango, Arrabal cuenta la historia de una mujer buscando entender la violencia que le arrebató a su padre y perturbó su nación. Contado completamente mediante baile y la música de la banda Bajofondo, el show presenta a un ensamble y una banda que vienen directamente de Buenos Aires, Argentina. Dirigido y co-coreografiado por Sergio Trujillo (coreografía, Invisible Thread, Memphis, Jersey Boys, On Your Feet!, Next To Normal), con música compuesta por el ganador del premio de la Academia, Gustavo Santaolalla (Brokeback Mountain, Babel, The Motorcycle Diaries), y escrita por el nominado al Tony, John Weidman (Contact, Assassins), Arrabal invita al publico a un baile entre el presente y el pasado en el exótico mundo de las milongas de Buenos Aires.

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Audiences LOVE 'Arrabal' at A.R.T.

Creative team
Director/Co-Choreographer Sergio Trujillo
Co-conceiver/Music Gustavo Santaolalla
Music Bajofondo
Book John Weidman
Choreographer Julio Zurita
Scenic Design Riccardo Hernandez
Costume Designer Clint Ramos
Lighting Design Vincent Colbert
Sound Designer Peter McBoyle
Projection Design Peter Nigrini
Sound Consultant Rodrigo Merolla
Producer Truworthy Productions
Video Director

Pix Talarico

Berta Valeria Celurso
Nicole Soledad Buss
Abuela Marianella Massarotti
El Puma Carlos Rivarola
El Duende Mario Rizzo
Arrabal Micaela Spina
Juan/Dance Captain Juan Cupini
Rodolfo Julio Zurita

Florencia Beltramo, Nicolas Cobos, Paola Jean JeanJosé LugonesAnalia MoralesLeonardo PankowCesar PeralGabriel Ponce, Marcela Vespasiano


Teresa Garcia, John Hernan Raigoza

Bandoneon Patricio "Tripa" Bonfiglio
Guitar/Vocals Luciano Coniglio
Violinist Julio Dominguez
Music Director/Pianist Alejandro Kauderer
Double Bass/Ronroco Pablo Martín
Additional staff
Stage Manager Katie Ailinger
Assistant Director

Emilia Lirman, Krysta Hibbard

Assistant Stage Manager

Alfredo Macias

Fight Director

Jason Tate

Associate Scenic Designer

Taísa Malouf

Associate Costume Designer

Christopher Vergara

Assistant Lighting Designer

Ali Witten

Associate Sound Designer

Drew Levy

Associate Projection Designer

Daniel Vatsky

Projection Programmer

Seághan McKay

Additional Casting

Cesar Rocha, CSA; Telsey + Co

A.R.T. Institute Dramaturg

Jen Worster

Production Assistants

Julia Belanoff, Joseph Juknievich

Tango is not just a dance in director Sergio Trujillo’s “Arrabal.” It’s a life force. This purgative piece of dance theater reinvents the tango and is at once sexy, soul-shattering, and, ultimately, cathartic. More

Like tango itself, the show intimately acquaints you with the most powerful emotions, from despair to sensuality. And it will make you want to undo buttons. More

"Arrabal" is life, death, and sex in a whirl of arms and legs, heart and soul, pain and catharsis, dancers weaving in and out among the audience. More

A dark-edged, tango-infused musical about the desaparecidos in Argentina makes its American debut. More

Underneath the revealing dresses and the lightning-fast footwork, the message of the show is one of a fierce country that refuses to be put down. More

The show strips away the dialogue and relies on dance to tell the story of Arrabal, and of Argentina. It also strips away the politics of military dictatorship to reveal the raw emotion of the people who lived through that dark time. In pairing the two, the show’s conceivers hope they have created something immersive, moving and connective. More

It may be relatively early in the 2017 theater season, but it seems highly unlikely that anything you will see on Boston stages (or anywhere else) this year will pack the kind of visual, aural and emotional wallop that Arrabal – now making its United States premiere at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge – will deliver to the senses. More

What is easily the most stunning new musical to play on a Boston stage in some time is "Arrabal," Sergio Trujillo's piercing dance musical that revisits the dark period in Argentine history during the 1970s and 1980s when the country was ruled by military junta led by the brutal General Jorge Rafael Videla.  More

Arrabal, making its United States premiere at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, is a gorgeous, sensual show that tells its complicated political story through the media of music and dance. More

Directed and choreographed by Tony nominee and Laurence Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo, with live music composed by Oscar-winning Gustavo Santaolalla, the production is a nonstop explosion of visual and aural mastery. More


Press Releases

The American Repertory Theater is pleased to present Arrabal, with a book written by John Weidman, music by Gustavo Santaolalla / Bajofondo, choreographed by Julio Zurita, and directed and co-choreographed by Sergio Trujillo. May 12 - June 18, 2017.
The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University has scheduled its remaining access performances for the 2016/17 Season including American Sign Language (ASL), open captioned, audio described, and sensory-friendly performances for select shows.

Click here to read "A Tango with the Past," Arrabal writer John Weidman's account of his connection to Argentina's history through music and dance.


Click here to read "There Is No Audience," an interview with Arrabal's band, Orquesta Bajofonderos.


Click here to learn about our tango concert with Orquesta Bajofonderos in Boston's South End on May 22, 2017.


Click here to access the Arrabal Toolkit, complete with articles, videos, and music providing further insight into the history, creative team, music, and dance inspiring the production.


Click here to read the show's program.


For more information about Arrabal, click here to read the A.R.T. Guide.

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Ticket prices

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Run time

90 minutes with no intermission


64 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Need to know

Performance will include a preshow mini tango lesson for audiences on a first come, first serve basis.


Please note: The play contains haze; flashing lights; simulated smoking, sex, and torture; and loud noises, including gunshots.

Age Appropriateness

Recommended for grades 8 and up.
The expressive, movement-based storytelling of Arrabal will provide prepared and mature students an engaging introduction to the genre of modern tango music and dance. This coming-of-age story engages with deep, political themes drawn from Argentinean history and culture. The play contains moments of stylized violence and sexuality that may not be appropriate for students under the age of 13.

ASL Interpreted

Arrabal is a dance/theater piece with English surtitles. There will be no designated Open Captioned or ASL interpreted performances.

Audio Described

Arrabal is a dance/theater piece with English surtitles. There will be no designated Audio Described performances.


Assistive Listening Devices
Large Print Programs

Post-performance discussions will follow matinee performances on Saturday, May 20 (2PM); Wednesday, May 24 (11AM); and Saturday, May 27 (2PM).

Performance sponsors:

Produced in association with Truworthy Productions.