Let the solar wind
|Premiere: ||Nov. 30, 2003 (CBC)
April 11, 2004 (Bravo)
|Type: ||TV Series / Variety
|Producers: ||Marie Côté
|Episodes: ||13 / 44 minutes long
|Time: ||Sundays @ 8:00pm
After the ratings success, critical acclaim, and Emmy and Gemini award
wins garnered by 2002’s groundbreaking documentary series Fire Within,
it was no surprise that Cirque du Soleil would aim to prove its prowess
in the realm of television wasn’t just a fluke. Thus following hard on
the heels of Fire Within came a new variety series looking for success.
SOLSTROM, a combination of "solar wind" (sol, which is inspired by the
sun) and "strom" (from German meaning "current") is a 13-part variety
series as unique an experience as Cirque is itself. The series draws
inspiration from silent films, situation comedy, burlesque theatre and
Cirque du Soleil's own live shows, presenting a new perspective on the
circus arts on television. Each episode weaves a unique array of
never-before-televised Cirque performances into a unique style of
story-telling, leading viewers through a mesmerizing dream world of
fantasy and reality.
The series was described as follows: “A sandbox transforms into a
construction site. A high wire shimmers across a hotel lobby. Icarian
aliens go slumming at a cosmic discotheque. Get ready to play games of
fear, games of romance, games of chance - even extraterrestrial games -
with some truly unforgettable characters as the legendary Montreal-based
Cirque du Soleil comes to CBC Television, taking viewers into a world of
dreaming and game-playing where they will encounter everything from
romance to childhood and from the cosmic to escapism. It's all done
through the magic that has made Cirque du Soleil an international
But were audiences and fans alike ready for this cosmic wind?
The following episodic reviews were originally published as a series of four
incirments in Fascination!, the Cirque du Soleil fan newsletter,
starting with Issue #28 (December 2003) and ending with Issue #31
(March 2004). Each review is written by Wayne Leung, reprinted at Le Grand
Chapiteau with permission. The listing at left is the official Cirque du
Soleil order, which is the same order BRAVO ran the episodes. The review was
based off of the Canadian run, which mixed up the episodes. As such, "Gone
With the Winds", "Wind of Imagination", "Wind of Life", and "Cosmic Wind"
were never reviewed.