on Klingon costumes and Klingon ballets…
As I mentioned in my previous post, I was up all night finishing a Klingon costume. I’d been working on it intermittently for a few weeks now but needed to get the bulk of the work done by today. I haven’t posted much here about the il Troubadore Klingon Music Project as it’s still a work in progress, but it’s close enough to our first official event that I feel I can start to blog more about this.
We’d been playing Klingon songs since 2009 and began playing conventions with other tunes from popular Sci-Fi franchises (e.g. Star Wars, Dune) and thought “what they hey, let’s do a Klingon Ballet” since we often work with dancers.
So last winter we started developing the Klingon Music Project. As our mission statement says:
il Troubadore, known on the planet Qo’noS as bomwI’pu’ has been performing tlhIngan QoQ (Klingon music) live since 2009.
il Troubadore’s mission is to record and perform all existing songs in the complete musical oeuvre of the Klingon Empire. Everything from the grand ghe’naQ nIt to the vernacular may’ bom and HIvje’ bom will be able to be heard and appreciated by Terran audiences throughout the planet Earth.
So over the past few weeks we’ve all been working on Klingon costumes to go along with the music, and eventually the ballet, wa’SaD ram wa’ ram je, itself. As you can see from the transliterated Klingon title of the ballet now you know why I mentioned the search phrase “sad ram” that brought some poor unsuspecting soul to a blog post about the Klingon Ballet.
As it stands, there just aren’t enough fully fleshed out Klingon tunes from the various series and movies, so we’ve been writing and developing our own Klingon music. Here’s a tune I wrote and that we performed at ConNooga in Chattanooga, Tennessee in February of 2009.
I wrote both the music and lyrics to this and it was used as part of a “Star Wars vs. Star Trek” themed show we were doing last season. The title, be’ joy’ Lukasa, means literally “ritual torture of Lukasa” but more properly tranlates as “the ritual torture designed by Lukasa” and is part of the Klingon Opera, Kahless and Lukasa (Lukasa is a variant name in a Klingon Dialect of Lukara–the mate of Kahless).
And to give you folks an idea of what the costume I worked on all night looks like, here’s a photo with the robes and armor.