Every culture has its epic tales of mighty warriors. Odysseus blinds the Cyclops. Beowulf rips out the arm of Grendel. For Klingons, there's Kahless, who dices 500 warriors with a sword forged from his own hair and some help from the Lady Lukara. To celebrate their victory, they make love in the ankle-deep blood.
The story of Kahless the Unforgettable is a cornerstone of Klingon mythology, as told in the opera u. Members of the Klingon Terran Research Ensemble — based in The Hague, the Netherlands — have been workshopping u for the last year with an ambitious goal: to mount the first authentic performances of Klingon opera here on earth.
"The first time I read that proposal, I thought they were freaks," says Jorn Weisbrodt, the creative director for the Byrd Hoffman Watermill Foundation in New York. "But they're really being very serious. And I think it really is the result that matters, and I found the result quite fascinating and interesting and strange and weird."
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