Isn't it funny Max that one can have such utterly different impressions. I'm afraid I don't agree with you
I thought that Kaneko really made something of it, playful, kittenish, joyous, hilariously outraged with her father and gamache. She had me smiling from ear to ear throughout, what confidence and panache in act 1 and 3 and with the technical ability to pull off the choreography! In act 2, she was pure élégant lyrical classical, gosh I'd love to see her in sleeping beauty or Swan Lake, such soft bourrées and yet also sailing through the diagonal of grand jetés, just glorious! She demonstrated to me that she could act and bring a character to life, as well as be both a technical fireworks and a stunningly lyrical classical type of dancer. As Annamk remarked above after last weekend's matinee, a performance worthy of an experienced principal, just dazzling!
Camargo maybe took a little while longer to warm up, but there were some wonderful moments of flirting, teasing Kitri in the first half of act 1, and more tender teasing in the second half. He seemed less at ease with the naturalistic style than the rest of the RB dancers but given that he was parachuted in but a few weeks ago to replace injured Bracewell, I feel like he did a good job and he really came out of his shell by act 3.
I on the other hand liked edmonds and mendizabal as espada and Mercedes, but didn't feel like they set the stage on fire quite like Hirano and Morera for example and I certainly didn't think they stole the show by any means.
Lukas B-B and romany padjak on the other hand as the lead gypsies... Wow what stage presence. Padjak was utterly beguiling with those eyes and backbends, extraordinary!
A final shout out to Anna Rose osullivan as Kitri's friend with her attack and verve, and to all the RB dancers on stellar form.