Dark Adaptation

Welcome to the virtual home of Dark Adaptation!

Dark Adaptation is a contemporary dance, music and visual art experience inspired by the relationships between celestial bodies and earthly bodies. This STEAM collaboration is 60 minutes without intermission and is family friendly. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math.

Check out the press release here. 

Read the preview article by George Hatza here. 

Watch and listen to the dance artists discuss the process here. 

When: Sunday, April 23, 2023 at 4pm

Where: Alvernia University’s Francis Hall Theatre. Access a campus map and directions here.

Tickets: $20 general admission. $15 students/ seniors. Sliding scale available – please email [email protected]. Click here to reserve your tickets. 

For program sponsorship opportunities, please click here. 

Can’t make the show but want to support JCWK Dance Lab and Dark Adaptation? Did you experience Dark Adaptation and want to help us spread the word?

      1. Pay a ticket forward and subsidize the experience for members of our local communities. Email [email protected] with your order details.
      2. Purchase the Stephen Grieco’s original album and information booklet. Click here. 
      3. Make a tax-deductible donation to JCWK Dance Lab. Click here for more information. 
      4. Purchase some merch and declare that you, too, are a celestial body! Click here. 

Creative Team:

Music Composition/ Concept: Stephen Grieco

Visual Art: Marie Grieco

Choreographic Direction: Jessica C. Warchal-King

Performance: Arielle Ridley, Cady Monasmith, Richard Maldonado, Jr, & Jessica C. Warchal-King. Special thank you to Woosoon Kim, Sarena Kabakoff, and Autumn Crane

Rehearsal Direction: Autumn Crane, Sarena Kabakoff

Lighting and Tech Design: Christopher Connelly



Click here to learn more about composer Stephen Grieco’s music and research.   You can even purchase the music and your own Digital Album Booklet which contains original artwork, photos, and musical analysis.

Click here to read about the process of three of the choreographed works. 

Click here to read more about the early creative journey of creating and sharing the dance of Dark Adaptation. 

What is “We are StarDust?” Click here to read more about JCWK Dance Lab’s multi-year social justice campaign. 

Interested learning more about the compositional process? Click here to visit Stephen Grieco’s YouTube channel. 

Jessica talks about the upcoming performance with Berks Arts on BCTV.org. Click here to watch. 


Special thank you to

Alvernia University, The Heritage at Green Hills, Berks Nature, WFMZ, BCTV, Berks Arts, Rock Hollow Woods, Reading Theater Project, Sarah Carlson/ DanceLink, HumanLandscapeDance, DANA Movement Collective, PhiladelphiaDance.org, Broadway World, and YOU!