Born in Brussels in 1992, Youri De Gussem started hip hop dance at the age of 11 in a private school. Thereafter he learned contemporary and ballet dance at the Athénée Royal des Beaux Arts of Brussels. In 2010, he passed the audition and entered at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp directed by Iris Bouche and he obtained his Bachelor in contemporary dance. In Antwerp, he had the chance to experiment several dances styles like Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Wim Vandekeybus, Pina Bausch and William Forsythe. He chose to finalize his formation at P.A.R.T.S.,school founded and directed by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker in 2013.
As a professional dancer, Youri worked with many choreographers. He took part in Body Design in Urban Spaces of Willie Dorner in Antwerp for the opening of the MAS museum. He played in Dodo Groot of Land Zonder Ei, theater piece directed by Dimitri Leue in HETPALEIS in Antwerp. He danced an extract of Babel by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui at the Louvre museum in Paris under the direction of Damien Jalet and the company Eastman. He also worked in the Grand Théâtre of Luxembourg for the creation and the interpretation of Flock by Jean Guillaume Weis.
Currently, he is working with the choreographer Ricardo Ambrozio, under the name of Untamed production (since 2014), with the company Jordi L. Vidal for his creation La Rencontre (2016 - 18) and An Encounter (2018 - …) as well as with the choreographer Sarah Baltzinger for the company Mirage for her new creation Fury (2017) also with the choreographer Marie Martinez (2018-…), and for the company Le Huit for the creation of A(ddi)ction (2018-…)
In parallel, he put all his attention to the development of his own artistic as well as the development of the company Zemiata in collaboration with the choreographer and dancer Julie Querre (FR). Some of his creations were part of several international festivals in Lisbon, Brussels, Antwerp, Stuttgart, Copenhagen, Arnhem and Corfu. His last creation Zemiata had his premiere in the belgian theater Cité Culture in Brussels in January 2017.
He also works on the creation of a new solo, Moi, voyageur de rêve (2018-…) and new duet, Un 2 (2018-…).