I can't say why Bausch has changed her hiring practices. I don't know if I can call it a multicultural approach but in the last years with Mazurga Fogo, Nefes, Bamboo Blues she is moving into examining different cultures and people. She seems to have a real affinity with Shantala Shivalingappa, for example. Shantala has the same body type and fluidity of movement as Bausch and she is a very well trained in the Indian dance that she does but not strong in Bausch's work. Her work used to focus, in a deep way, with the inner, personal and complex socio-sexual male/female relations. It was microscopic yet universal, in the way in which we could all identify with at some level. Progressively, she turned to a broader examination of different cultures, peoples, habits, etc. These are only passing, fleeting images of what she and her dancers experienced while on location. While some of the imagery is outstanding, the work does not have as much conviction and depth. Her dancers are strong but not as convincing, they don't affect me and I think others, at the same level.
I'm not that familiar with Paul Taylor's work, past vs. present. Do you think there is a trend in modern dance schools in the past years to fluff over real technique? There has been so much fragmentation of strong modern dance technique and choreographic styles that teachers no longer know what approach to take and what kind of dancers to create.