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Philly Fringe Vital Stats: Salena Braun

Posted July 25th, 2011

Today, meet dancer/choreographer Salena Braun, one of three who will present their work at Waterways during the 2011 Philly Fringe.

Name: Salena Braun.

Age: 24.

Where do you live now? Fishtown.

Where were you born?
Mishawaka, Indiana.

What’s your show title?

What was the first thing you stole?
When I was a small child, I was at a thrift store with my mother, and I found a tiny basket of flowers on the floor. I picked it up and took it, and it didn’t even occur to me that I might have to pay for it.

What’s your favorite alcoholic beverage?
The beer that I brew with my boyfriend.

What was the last performance you saw?
I went to a Yeasayer concert in New York City a few weeks ago.

What’s your favorite Philly intersection?
I like the intersection of York Street, Trenton Avenue, and Frankford Avenue. It’s sort of dirty, but it feels really wide and open, and I love the mural on the school there.

If you were a “Founding Father,” which one would you be and why?
Benny F! Because he invented Daylight Savings Time, and I LOVE Daylight Savings Time. [All sensible people do. It should be Daylight Savings Time ALL the time. –NG]

Who’s your least favorite Founder?
John Hancock. He’s totally egotistical.

Do you care about the Civil War Sesquicentennial?

What’s the worst thing you ever did for money?
Waited tables with a sexist manager.

Do you have relatives more famous than you?
I have a pretty darn famous distant relative, but I’m not going to tell you who because he’s evil.

Do you know what the Internet is?
The internet is the best thing ever, and also the worst.

Do you own a gun?
I do not own a gun, but my brother (who is a proud redneck) once gave me one for Christmas. The only time I’ve ever shot it was in the back yard aiming at coke cans on tree stumps.

What’s your job?
I am not a full-time artist, sadly. My day job is being the office girl at a company that imports pretty things from Egypt.

What’s the most disgusting thing you’ve ever seen on SEPTA?
One time I observed a conversation between a man and who appeared to be his grandmother or about how his wife wouldn’t divorce him. He wanted a divorce because she had sex with all the family members. That grossed me out for days.

After a couple months of posting these, I start to feel bad for poor SEPTA. I mean, the Broad Street Line cars now qualify as vintage, and that’s kind of cool, right? Waterways is up Thursday, September 15 and Saturday, September 17, at thefidget space, 1714 N. Mascher Street, Kensington. Both nights 8:00 pm, $10.

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Photo courtesy of Salena Braun.