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About the Foundation

Sharon Eyal’s *Autodance*. Photo: Karina Zhitkova
Sharon Eyal’s Autodance. Photo: Karina Zhitkova

Our mission

MART is an American non-profit organization that produces and supports contemporary performing arts programs globally. We curate an inventive and varied arts program, showcasing the very best of contemporary theatre, music, and dance. We collaborate with the world's leading art institutions as well as commission new artworks and introduce emerging talents alongside established artists to a global audience.


Our history

In 2018, producer Sofia Kapkova founded Modern Artlife Foundation (MART).

Always following my purpose to create interesting and ambitious cultural projects, I established MART Foundation, dedicated to promoting independent contemporary artists from Russia. Throughout the years, MART carried out many exciting and ambitious cultural projects.

Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 has changed everything. In response to this unjustified military aggression, we took a stand against the war. Our team immediately halted our projects in Russia and moved to New York and Tel Aviv.

Having immersed ourselves in new cultural communities, we’ve shifted our focus to supporting artists in the United States and Israel. Our new program creates new exposure for artists and new experiences for art lovers around the world.

Sofia Kapkova
Founder and CEO

From 2018 to 2022, MART Foundation delivered prominent touring programs including the Gogol Center’s debut tour in Israel, Context.Diana Vishneva Festival of Сontemporary Choreography in Sadler's Wells Theatre, and concerts by Leonid Desyatnikov in Barbican and Carnegie Hall. We successfully produced more than a dozen dance and theatre projects in the UK, Israel, and the USA. We developed a new production of Kirill Serebrennikov’s Outside in collaboration with the Avignon Theatre Festival and presented the digital world premiere of SOS (Song of Songs) with the Baryshnikov Arts Center. We co-produced contemporary ballets Autodance by Sharon Eyal and Romeo and Juliet at Stanislavsky Music Theatre as well as Ella Rothschild’s Summer Snow together with the Batsheva Dance Company.

From 2020 to 2022, we collaborated with MART Festival — a prestigious international festival of culture in Tel Aviv, which brings performing arts practitioners from around the world to Israel.

In 2022, MART commissioned Remote Tel Aviv by Rimini Protokoll, supported the Tel Aviv Dance Festival, co-produced More Than by choreographer Shahar Binyamini for COLOURS Dance Festival, supported the production of The Singing Windmills in New York, and co-produced the re-staging of Sharon Eyal’s Sara for New York-based Gibney Company.

Our team

Sofia Kapkova

Sofia Kapkova

Founder and CEO

Sofia Kapkova was born and raised in the USSR. Having earned a degree in journalism, Sofia spent more than a decade working as a producer for major Russian TV channels.

In 2012, Sofia founded the Documentary Film Center, a non-profit, non-governmental cultural institution and the first Russian venue that put a special focus on promoting the documentary genre. A few years later, Sofia established Nonfiction.film, a streaming service created for the most demanding viewers.

A lifelong ballet enthusiast, Sofia joined the Context. Diana Vishneva Festival of Contemporary Choreography in 2015. Under her management, the festival grew to become the most influential contemporary dance event in Russia. It introduced some of the biggest names of the global dance scene to Russian audiences, such as Martha Graham Dance Company, Alonzo King, National Ballet of Canada, NDT, Hans van Manen, Jiří Kylián, and many others.

In 2017, Sofia became a permanent resident in the U.S. and the following year she established MART Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports contemporary culture on the international stage. The next few years, Sofia managed a range of MART projects between England, France, Russia, Israel, and the United States.

In February of 2022, when the war began, Sofia immediately fled Russia with her children and began a new life in New York, continuing the work of the Foundation.

Lisa Rozov

Lisa Rozov

Head of Programs

Lisa Rozov is an arts producer and program manager based in Tel Aviv with over 15 years of experience developing and executing international projects across education, arts and creative industries.

Throughout her career, Lisa collaborated with leading international art institutions and brands, including National Ballet of Canada, Suzanne Dellal Centre, Batsheva Dance Company, Studio Wayne McGregor, Sadler’s Wells, National Portrait Gallery, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Carnegie Hall, NYU, Goldsmiths University London, Festival d’Avignon, British Council, Goethe Institute, Nike, and Edinburgh International Festival.

Her producing and programming portfolio includes Benjamin Britten’s Seasons in Russia, the launch of the Shakespeare train in the Moscow Metro, UK-Russia Year of Music, Selector PRO Conference for music professionals, head of Production at Context.Diana Vishneva; presenting works of Crystal Pite, Wayne McGregor, Azure Barton, Ohad Naharin, Justin Peck, Martha Graham, Mats Ek, Sharon Eyal co-productions, The Hitchcock 9 festival with British Film Institute, concerts of Morrisey, Massive Attack, Koreless, Dean Blunt, London contemporary orchestra, among others.

She also curated the Creative Bridge forum which spotlighted educational opportunities for the diverse communities of creative professionals.

Anastasia Gudkova

Anastasia Gudkova

Producer

Anastasia Gudkova is an arts producer and program coordinator based in New York. She graduated with a B.A. in philosophy from NYU in fall 2022.

Having worked at MART since 2019, Anastasia has been exposed to a number of aspects of the performing arts world. She has assisted in preparation for various projects in the US and internationally, including the co-production of ballet “Autodance” by Sharon Eyal at Stanislavskiy Music Theatre, digital world premiere of “SOS (Song of Songs)” with Baryshnikov Arts Center, and co-production of Ella Rothschild’s “Summer Snow” with the Batsheva Dance Company.

Most recently, Anastasia was the lead producer of Gibney Company’s first international tour in Israel and associate producer of the Off-Broadway production of OUR CLASS at BAM.

Anna Rylnikova

Anna Rylnikova

Marketing & Media Manager

Anna Rylnikova is a marketing and media manager based in Tel Aviv with a background in documentary films and performing arts projects. Prior to joining the MART team in 2021, she earned a media and communications degree at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow and then worked as a marketing, brand, and social media manager for international cultural projects.

Her recent roles include leading the marketing and digital team for the Off-Broadway production of Our Class at BAM, Gibney Company’s first international tour in Israel and the realization of Remote Tel Aviv by Rimini Protokoll. During MART’s collaboration with the Stanislavskiy Music Theatre, she was involved in the restaging of Sharon Eyal’s Autodance, and the premiere of the ballet Romeo and Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev. Her expertise also extends to social media management, demonstrated through her role in managingthe media platforms for the Context. Diana Vishneva Festival that she did until 2018.

In the film industry, she made an impact by launching acclaimed documentaries in the Russian market, including Varda by Agnes (2019), Woman (2019), Anne Frank Parallel Stories (2019), Halston (2019).

Gosha Chubukin

Gosha Chubukin

Art Direction

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Support MART

Our work is made possible thanks to the incredible generosity of individuals and cultural institutions. We are able to provide programming to promote contemporary performing arts because of the financial support we receive from our community of patrons. Your contribution, in any amount, one-time or recurring, is appreciated.