PRESENTS: SANS - SOUCI
Sans - Souci meaning “without worries”, was the name of the first royal palace in the Caribbean situated in Haiti. Built in 1810-1813, less than a decade after the Haitian independence victory, the Sans-Souci Palace, once referred to as the Versailles of the Caribbean, was the first palace of its kind in the new world that housed a black king and queen.
The Palace was built to show other civilizations that no matter the color of our skin, we were capable of building and enjoying the same luxury. The presentation will be a vision of what it would have been like to attend an evening at the court of such a marvelous palace.
Sans - Souci welcomes the return of Amanda Smith, member of Dance Theater of Harlem and star of UNI 2018's world premiere of MAGA.
Sans - Souci will again feature renowned Haitian drummer Jean-Guy Fanfan Rene. This year Rene will be joined by his wife, Sirene Dantor Rene, talented vocalist and Haitian culture preservationist.
UNI 2019's Featured Designer and Visual Artist
Launched in 2003 by Jamaican born designer Glenroy March, House of D’Marsh has grown into a lifestyle brand that creates a synergistic blend of structure and design manifested in its couture and ready-to-wear collections.
House of D’Marsh has received numerous editorials in local and international publications including Glamour, Canada Life, Caribbean Life, The Jamaica Gleaner, Fashion Week Online, The New York Times, and The Daily Observer.
Since its inception, D’Marsh Couture collections have graced runways in the Caribbean, the United States, Asia and Africa.
JUDSON MEMORIAL CHURCH
UNI 2019 will be held at the transcendent Judson Memorial Church located in Washington Square.