As far as I am concerned, I really enjoyed Cranko's The Taming of the Shrew
, but probably not enough to attend another performance. An interesting artistic curiosity, I would say, lovely sets and costumes, and the discovering of a fabulous Petrucchio, Filip Barankiewicz!
Apart from that, we can't pass over the terrible Kurt Heinz Stolze (after Scarlatti) musical arrangements in silence...
Such a musical score appears to be a real problem.
I may not speak for the others, but around me (about ten people I talked with), people were divided. Considering the nature of Cranko's choreography (a mixture of dance and pantomime), it's not so surprising as this style of dance is very unusual to us. I leave out these cultural considerations, - just mentioning that this style is also rather unique in ballet -, to emphasize the fact that drama action (and more specifically comedy in this case) does not always work perfectly. Undoubtedly, it has not the freshness and naturalness of Bournonville pantomime (sorry for anachronistic comparison).
Nevertheless, though not ecstatic, audience response was very positive when I was there (Paris Opera audience has rarely reactions of rejection), but unfortunately there were very few reviews in french newspapers about it (we're expecting them!