The Brussels Bike Hundred

100 portraits, stories and bicycles

We’re teaming up with Bike for Brussels to put together a 100-strong selection of local heroes shaping the city each in their own way. From designers and DJs to performers and publishers, these are the creatives riding Brussels forward.

Gaëtan Rusquet

Gaëtan Rusquet

Dancer, performer and set designer (1984)

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.

I adopted Brussels as my home more than ten years ago. I slowly moved from visual art and set design towards performing art and dance. Sometimes I create group pieces, do set design for other creators, but only rarely, and I also dance for other choreographers. I’m attracted to experimentation, so I like to work on projects with various geographies.

How has Brussels shaped you as an individual as well as your professional activities?

I started working on projects as a performer as soon as I graduated in set design at La Cambre, which was a bit scary at the beginning. However, the openness of Brussels allowed me to move from one practice to another without too much trouble.

When you leave the city centre towards Linkebeek you can witness the city turning into the country side.

List three things you like the most about Brussels.

  • Chaos
  • Friends
  • The art scene.

List three deciding factors that converted you to bicycle use.

  • You can easily reach every part of Brussels.
  • It’s cheaper than public transport.
  • I like to stay outside when traveling in the city.

List three favourite bike routes in Brussels.

I’m not sure I have any favourite bike routes, but I could talk about some that are a bit special to me:

  • When you leave the city centre towards Linkebeek, you pass by Saint-Gilles/Sint-Gillis, Forest/Vorst and Woluwe, so you can witness the city turning into the countryside.
  • From Bourse/Beurs to Ma Campagne: a nice, steep hill I used to take almost everyday for years when I used to live up there.
  • Crossing Tour & Taxis and passing under the bridge: such a vast, open landscape.