The perfect storm of performance and poem, Fiona Shaw transforms this ghostly 18th century poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge into a powerful and chilling lived account of one mariner’s epic sea voyage. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner conjures images of mystical and desolate sea exploration where madness and hunger reign. Transforming men into superstitious beasts hanging onto any thread of hope—for life or death. I was thrilled to see this at BAM, where Shaw slyly picked Daniel Hay Gordon out of the crowd to give a brilliant dance accompaniment. Surviving the crew, death himself, and an endless ocean of ice and slime, our ancient mariner recounts his tale to a sadder but wiser audience.