Raimondo Cortese was born to an Italian father (who migrated from Ascoli Piceno in 1952) and an Anglo-Celtic mother. A speaker of some Italian and Spanish, he initiated a visual poetry performance night at the Bakers Cafe Melbourne and has given numerous exhibitions of his work there. He has exhibited his work at the 1989 St Kilda's Writers Festival; at 1990 Vast performance nights; at the 1990 Next Wave Writers Festival; at Lord Jims, Melbourne in 1990 and also held a solo exhibition in Pisa, Italy in 1991.
Intimacy2010single work drama 'The play begins with a man stepping out of his apartment into the chaos of a busy night. His aim: nothing more than to speak to strangers, to meet new people, to flirt with the simple differences any urban street may throw up. The result: an evening of human connection between people whose collision is as profound as it is happenstance.' Source: www.melbournefestival.com.au/ (Sighted 20/09/2010).
'A holiday. A time for conversation and distraction, a time to wind down and to dream...
'In a moment of relaxation and quiet reflection, two men unwittingly engage. Spontaneous, unaffected and thrillingly real, innocent discussion becomes an exploration of private fantasy, hidden anxiety, personal mythology and the most inexplicable behaviour.
'What lies behind the most unconscious gesture? How do power struggles play out in the politest of exchanges? Is there hope in the blank spaces between strangers?' (Publisher's blurb)