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HOKIS: A spectacular Armenian musical production in New York

The Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) announced the world debut of HOKIS – a musical spectacular. Showcasing a fusion of traditional Armenian performance art with Cirque de Soleil-style acrobatics, including original compositions, modern dance interpretation, and technology as it has never before been seen.

The musical will premiere on October 28 at 8 p.m. at the New York City Center. More than seventy young dancers and acrobats, as well as technology students, will perform on stage.


AGBU was established in 1906 and is currently the world’s largest non-profit Armenian organization operating out of their head office in New York City. The goal of AGBU is to preserve and promote the Armenian identity and heritage using their various educational, cultural and humanitarian programs which impact the lives of 500,000 Armenians around the world each year.

HOKIS will showcase the talents of artists from as young as eight years to thirty years of age. These artists participate in AGBU’s partner programs in Armenia, namely: the AGBU Nork Children’s Center and the TUMO Center for Creative Technologies.

Guests are promised an amazing evening as students deliver a spectacular show and “push the limits of what is conventionally understood as Armenian art” with innovative performances. performance.”

“HOKIS is a reconceptualization of the Armenian journey through the eyes of today’s Armenians.” The stage will come to life as the performers inspired by their Armenian traditions revolutionize them. DJs will be on stage as modern dancers perform. The event is a historic moment which AGBU is proud to witness as these two groups perform together.

The three AGBU Children’s Centers are a haven for those who desire creative and physical expression through arts, ceramics and gymnastics classes to name a few. The TUMO Center for Creative Technologies has expanded its reach from Yerevan to Stepanakert and as far as Gyumri. Their talented youth take part in animation, game development, web development, and even digital media with the resources provided by TUMO. The goal is for the students to reach their full creative potential.

“HOKIS represents the realization of this potential and is the brainchild of its artistic director, French Armenian filmmaker, and producer Patrick Malakian.”

Malakian says that he wanted to create an Armenian performance which was not about the genocide. HOKIS strives to show the proof of life within the Armenian community, the best proof of life being the children. He spoke of the young artists having remarkable talent and said that it is time for their New York debut where they can showcase their talents to both Armenian and non-Armenian audiences.

Tickets for HOKIS are currently on sale to the public. Premium VIP seating will be set aside for donors sponsoring the show in amounts of $5,000 or more. Purchase tickets online at

Are you interested in being a sponsor? Contact the AGBU Director of Development and Outreach, Karen Papazian at or (212) 319-6383.

For further information regarding AGBU and its numerous programs worldwide visit