Blood Links

The strength of the work, apart from its structure, is the beauty of the images. The portraits shimmer with life
Bryce Hallett, Sydney Morning Herald

Blood Links is an intriguing blend of storytelling, social history, performance and documentary photography by renowned Australian artist William Yang. Blood Links traces the scattering of his family, who migrated from China to Australia over a hundred years ago.

With humour and irony this visual history of one migrant family takes us around the world and back again, capturing the uniqueness in every experience. A family story of birth, traditions, skeletons, death, love and cuisine, hauntingly familiar in content, Blood Links is being acclaimed across the globe.

A landscape of names, identities, faces, rituals and food this work also tells stories of cultural links William has made in his travels across three continents. Blood Links takes us on a feast, a journey transcending cultural boundaries and family grudges.


Creator & Performer
William Yang

Music Composer
James Brown

Produced by Performing Lines

Information for Presenters

Please note: this production is no longer managed by Performing Lines.

You can contact the artist through producer Fenn Gordon:

Presentation History

Budapest, Hungary
Amsterdarm, Netherlands
Bruges, Belgium
Theatre aan het Spui
Der Hague, Netherlands
Park Theatre
Herleem, Netherlands
Utrecht, Netherlands
Canberra Theatre
Canberra, ACT

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

In everything we do, we acknowledge that we live on Aboriginal land and constantly learn from the wisdom of First Peoples.

Where we are and the history that precedes us informs how we work and how we move forward.