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AxS Festival 2011 celebrates Pasadena’s remarkable heritage as “The City of Art + Science.” Pasadena’s world-renowned arts and science institutions are uniquely intertwined — like strands of DNA — and the AxS Festival is designed to showcase this rare alchemy with two weeks of art, dance, music, theater, performance and provocative conversation.

AxS Festival 2011 explores the eternal, elemental themes of FIRE and WATER — epic forces that continue to inspire and terrify us in equal measure. These twin and opposing gifts not only have shaped and defined the physical and psychic landscape of our region, but they continue to resonate powerfully through the events of the day and also in the persistent cultural artifacts of our scientists and artists.

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